• Class Number 6439
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Simon Mishricky
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
SELT Survey Results

This course examines the economic principles that determine the allocation of resources through time in market economies. It uses supply and demand relationships to value capital assets (or projects more generally). There is a detailed treatment of the effects of time, risk and misspecification on capital asset prices. The impact of liquidity on our understanding of financial economics will also be discussed.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. define the classical finance model that underpins modern finance;
  2. explain how securities are priced and affected by the institutional arrangements in securities markets,
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the role played by time, uncertainty, information and misspecification in evaluating financial instruments;
  4. analyse the role played by arbitrage in finance markets and its impact on security prices;
  5. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of how security prices are determined in the Consumption Capital Asset Pricing Model, and the role played by the assumptions in the model;
  6. identify the assumptions behind the the Hansen-Jagannathan bounds and the mean-variance frontier as basis for understanding the factors that determine the portfolio choice;
  7. demonstrate an understanding of the role of complete markets in financial markets;
  8. demonstrate an understanding of how market frictions can impact financial decisions and asset prices.

Research-Led Teaching

The material taught in this course is directly relevant to pricing derivatives and macro finance that have been considered by economists in academia, and the financial industry.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs


Required Resources

No required resources

Webcam, Microphone

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Week 1-2: Introduction to Financial Economics
2 Week 3-4: Introduction to Python Take home assignment released week 4
3 Week 5-9: Asset Pricing
4 Week 10-12: Complete Markets Take home assignment released week 10

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage. https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling].

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Take home Assignment 1 20 % 26/08/2022 29/08/2022 1, 2
Take home Assignment 2 20 % 21/10/2022 24/10/2022 3, 4, 5, 6
Final Exam 60 % * * 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Lectures for this course will be pre-recorded and uploading on a Monday morning. Tutorials will be delivered live through zoom with signup available through MyTimetable.anu.edu.au.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 26/08/2022
Return of Assessment: 29/08/2022
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Take home Assignment 1

In week 4 a problem set will be delivered through wattle. They will cover material from the preceding 4 weeks lectures and tutorials.

More information will be provided on the Wattle course site in week 2.

Form: Student's solutions need to be uploaded via Wattle. Corrected solutions will be uploaded on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/10/2022
Return of Assessment: 24/10/2022
Learning Outcomes: 3, 4, 5, 6

Take home Assignment 2

In week 10 a problem set will be delivered through wattle. They will cover material from the preceding 10 weeks lectures and tutorials.

More information will be provided on the Wattle course site in week 8.

Form: Student's solutions need to be uploaded via Wattle. Corrected solutions will be uploaded on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Final Exam

The final exam will be held during the exam period. The exam will cover materials covered in lectures and tutorials from weeks 1-12. This assessment will be held as a online exam. Expected length is 3 hours.

The exam will contain both short and long answer style questions. More information will be provided on the Wattle site in week 10

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Simon Mishricky

Research Interests

Simon Mishricky

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