• Offered by Mathematical Sciences Institute
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
    Specialist
  • Course subject Mathematics
  • Areas of interest Economics, Finance, Mathematics, Theoretical Physics
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Andrew Hassell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course MATH3029
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

The course introduces probability theory, including probability spaces, random variables, conditional probability and independence, limit theorems, and Markov chains, with an introduction to Brownian motion. The course will provide students with a solid theoretical foundation for probability theory, as well as describing describing some practical applications of probability in information theory and option pricing. 

The course will provide a sound foundation to progress to MATH3015 (Mathematics of Finance), as well as other honours and post-graduate courses emphasizing the theory of mathematical finance and stochastic analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand and use fundamental concepts of probability theory, both in the abstract setting of probability spaces, sigma algebras, and probability measures, and as applied to concrete problems
2. Demonstrate accurate and efficient use of probability theory techniques, including limiting processes
3. Solve problems using probabilistic methods and ideas
4. Demonstrate capacity for mathematical reasoning through analyzing, proving and explaining concepts from probability theory
5. Ability to use their deep knowledge and understanding of probability theory to formulate responses to complex concrete and abstract problems
6. Ability to communicate their understanding and skills in probability theory with colleagues and non-experts and apply their knowledge in an occupational situation.

Indicative Assessment

Assignments 60% (LO 1-6)
Participation in lectures and tutorials (quizzes, presentations, group work) 5% (LO 1-3)
Final Exam 35% (LO 1-6);

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Workload

Three lectures per week and regular tutorials.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed MATH3029.

You will need to contact the Mathematical Sciences Institute to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Stochastics: Introduction to Probability and Statistics by Hans-Otto Georgii, de Gruyter, 2nd edition. 
Course notes will also be provided to students. 

Assumed Knowledge

Calculus, linear algebra and some basic real analysis. Some knowledge of measure theory would be very helpful, but is not essential to take the course. 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2783 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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