Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Econometrics and Business Statistics
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Param Silvapulle (Semester 1); Dr Hsein Kew (Semester 2)


This unit covers statistics econometrics tools to: analyse and model the key characteristics of empirical distributions of asset returns; model and estimate the simple capital asset pricing model and its extensions; and test for various financial market hypotheses. It includes modelling, estimating and analysing time series properties of stationary and non-stationary financial data: and modelling and estimating simple and multivariate long-run relationships among financial variables; and conducting Granger causality testing. It also includes modelling and estimation of ARCH/GARCH volatilities and time-varying risk premium on financial assets; and estimation of value-at-risks and expected shortfalls of assets and portfolios. Students will be requested to work through a number of questions and projects with a broad range of financial data sets.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. describe, interpret and critically analyse financial data
  2. apply the simple and multivariate models and theory to model the relationship among financial variables, interpret the results, and conduct reliable statistical inference
  3. test for stationary behaviour of financial time series
  4. model the long-run relationships among financial time series
  5. model the volatility in financial data and perform value-at-risk calculations that are used as an input into the financial decision making process
  6. be proficient at econometric modelling of financial data using the software EVIEWS, which is widely used in the commercial world.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Param Silvapulle (Semester 1)
Dr Hsein Kew (Semester 2)


Students must be enrolled in course 3818, 3850 or 4412, or must have passed AFF9641, BFF5925 or AFF9250.


ETC3460, ETC5346, ETF3300, ETF9300