The prescribed textbook for the unit is:
Brooks, C. (2019) Introductory Econometrics for Finance, 4th Edition, Cambridge University Press. The 4th Edition of the textbook has been recently published. You can use the 3rd Edition of the textbook (2014) instead if you prefer.
In addition to the textbook, the following references are useful but are not required.
(i) Campbell, J., Lo, A., and Mackinlay, C. (1997) The Econometrics of Financial Markets, Princeton University Press. (This book is too advanced for our class, but contains a lot of interesting material).
(ii) Diebold, F. (2007) Elements of Forecasting, 4th Edition, South-Western College
(iii) Enders, W. (2014) Applied Econometric Time Series, 4th Edition, Wiley.
• Material such as lecture slides, examples, and tutorial questions will be available on the unit home page. The text and lecture notes, together with the lectures and additional references will provide students with a clear indication of the basic content of the unit.
• It is recommended that students attend all lectures and tutorials for several reasons including:
• Not all the material in the text is included in the unit, and not all the material in the unit is covered in the text. In some places the text deals with issues in greater depth than is necessary for the unit, and in other places it doesn’t go far enough. The lectures contain all the unit material taught at the level required for the assessment tasks, and are your guide to the unit content.
• The approaches to some problems that are recommended by the lecturer are different to those in the text.
• The lectures will include guidance about the style and content of the final exam and recommendation about study technique.
• It is difficult (and often impossible) for staff to provide meaningful assistance to students outside class times on topics for which they did not attend the relevant lectures and tutorials.
Technology Used and Required
Students are required to use a computer to carry out certain tasks of the course, such as tutorials and assignments. The software programs used in this course include EViews 10 and Microsoft Excel.
Unit Web Page
• Course material is available on the learning management system (iLearn), which can be found at: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au.