Mathematics of Finance III

Subject ACTL90003 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 hours of lectures and workshops per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


ACTL90001 Mathematics of Finance I

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Students should be competent in the use of Excel.

Non Allowed Subjects:

ACTL40004 Advanced Financial Mathematics I

Core Participation Requirements:

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Prof Mark Joshi


Graduate School of Business and Economics
Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1670
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Subject Overview:

The binomial model; risk-neutral pricing of derivative securities; introduction to Ito's formula and SDEs; stochastic asset models; Black-Scholes model; arbitrage and hedging; interest-rate models; actuarial applications.


On successful completion of this subject a student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the properties of option prices, valuation methods and hedging techniques, and be able to apply these;
  • Show how to use binomial trees and lattices in valuing options;
  • Apply the Ito calculus;
  • Derive option prices under the Black-Scholes model;
  • Describe and apply in simple models, including the binomial model and the Black-Scholes model, the approach to pricing using deflators and demonstrate its equivalence to the risk-neutral pricing approach;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of models of the term structure of interest rates;
  • Describe, as a computational tool, the risk-neutral approach to the pricing of zero coupon bonds and interest-rate derivatives for a general one-factor diffusion model for the risk-free rate of interest;
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of simple models for credit risk.
  • An assignment of up to 1,000 words (10%)
  • One hour mid-semester test (20%)
  • Two hour end of semester exam (70%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

High level of development:

  • Written communication;
  • Problem solving;
  • Statistical reasoning;
  • Application of theory to practice;
  • Interpretation and analysis.
Related Course(s): Master of Actuarial Science
Postgraduate Diploma in Actuarial Science

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