Module Details

BE399-7-AU-CO: Postgraduate Mathematics Preparation

Year: 2016/17
Department: Essex Business School
Essex credit: 0
ECTS credit: 0
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Teaching Staff:
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module covers topics in mathematics that are required in finance modules at Master's level at Essex Business School. It focuses on basic algebra,
compounding and discounting, differential calculus including optimisation and
dynamics. Little or no previous knowledge will be assumed. However the lec-
tures will then proceed at a relatively rapid pace so that you are expected to
read the lectures notes in advance.


The aims of the module are:
1) To revise or teach basic mathematical skills
2) To provide students with a basis of the mathematical techniques required in finance modules at Master's level at EBS

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be to:
1) solve basic algebraic problems
2) calculate present and future values
3) differentiate functions to find marginal values
4) identify the maximum and minimum points of functions
5) solve Lagrangean optimization problems
6) understand the basics of optimization under uncertainty
7) understand integration and the approach to solving dynamic

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module material will be delivered in the following way:
2-hour lecture each week
1-hour weekly class
You will be assigned to a class and you must attend that class
Your class attendance will be monitored!




This module will be examined by an open book test in Week 8. This will not form part of your final assessment for your MSc degree. However your BE399 mark will be published on all transcripts. It will thus be seen by potential employers or universities to which you may apply for further studies.

Other information

This module is compulsory for:

MSc in Accounting and Finance
MSc in Banking and Finance
MSc in Finance
MSc in Finance and Investment
MSc in Finance and Management
MSc in Financial Engineering and Risk Management
MSc in International Finance

Postgraduate Administrator - Jade D'Mello

Further information