Quantitative Methods In Finance - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 1 , Sess 3
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (40%) , Project - Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,080.00
International 4,330.00

This unit introduces you to a range of statistical techniques which managers use. You will apply these techniques to practical finance examples. To do this you need a calculator. For larger applications you will learn how to use Microsoft Excel to perform any of the calculations associated with these statistical techniques. The focus in this subject however is on how to analyse and interpret your own results or the output from Excel. You will learn how to apply these techniques by working with examples which are relevant to most major business disciplines and the functional areas of large organizations. These include examples from Accounting, Economics, Finance, Financial Planning, with a specific focus on the body of knowledge recommended by CFA.

On successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. CLO1: Illustrate and describe information using a range of numerical and graphical procedures both by hand and in Excel
  2. CLO2: Apply the scientific process by first deriving statistical hypotheses and to subsequently determine statistical inference using sample information to arrive at probable conclusions about population values
  3. CLO3: Uncover relationships between variables and to produce forecasts of the future values of strategic variables using regression and correlation analysis
  4. CLO4: Critically analyse statistical findings published by the media, research agencies and the Government to validate and verify its accuracy
  5. CLO5: Communicate statistical findings and results in an unbiased manner to a non-technical audience such as decision makers, stakeholders and the general public.
  • Invigilated Exam — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, (40%)
  • Project — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (30%)
  • Quizzes — Linked CLOs: 1, 2, 3 (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Organizing & Presenting Data
2Numerical Descriptive Measures
3Basic Probability
4Discrete Prob. & Index Numbers
5Continuous Distributions
6Sampling Distributions & Estimation
7Confidence Intervals
8Hypothesis Testing
9Linear Regression
10Time series forecasting

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes

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