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FIM (Financial Mathematics)
500
032390
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Career Development for Quants
Career Development for Quants
College of Sciences
Mathematics (17MA)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
FIM 590.002Fall 201530
FIM 590.002Fall 201639
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
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Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Jeffrey Scroggs
Associate Professor
Full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture3535NoLecture, including some computer exercises
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Must be in the Masters of Financial Mathematics program.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
17FMBMRMasters of Financial MathematicsRequired
Enhance your professional and career development skills while you are in the Financial Math program with seminar topics on networking, LinkedIn, resumes, interviews, presentations and business writing tips. Learn about workplace etiquette and business ethics. You will also gain resources and important industry information from guest speakers and alumni. Become Base SAS Certified and Bloomberg Certified, and gain hands-on experience with these tools by participating in group and individual projects.Course includes one or more projects that expose students to applications in the area of financial mathematics. Students that wish to develop SAS programming skills are encouraged to take ST 555/556.

The Masters of Finanancial Math is a Professional Science Masters.  Training students to manage themselves and interact professionally is critical to landing a job.


No

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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of SciencesHoward Bondell (Statistics)Given that FM 500 is not explicitly training the students in the programming aspects [of SAS], but rather requiring them self-study the concepts for the Certification Exam, we do not object to the course having one of its outcomes being that the students obtain SAS Base Certification. The revised syllabus with the course description and the course structure now fully reflect this discussion and are acceptable to us
Course is currently taught as a 3-credit special topics class. No additional funds are needed. Funds from a tuition premium for the Masters of Financial Mathematics supported the creation of this special topics class.

A.  Develop professional skills that focus on the workplace of a quantitative analyst.


B.  Learn technical skills needed by a quantitative analyst that are not taught in the academic core of the MFM program.


Student Learning Outcomes

Associated with Goal A



  1. Create a professional presence in social media (e.g. Linkedin)

  2. Write a resume that articulates job skills and relevant projects

  3. Create cover letters customized to the job and company

  4. Network effectively with peers and practitioners.

  5. Create 30 second pitch to begin their networking practice.

  6. Participate in mock interviews to develop techniques for a successful interview.


Associated with Goal B



  1. Extract data from industry-standard sources, such as a Bloomberg Terminal.

  2. Vertical and horizontally merge multiple datasets

  3. Create reports on the SAS metadata

  4. Run statistical analysis on datasets (mean, variance, skew, kertosis)

  5. Impute missing data.

  6. Create a decision model from data.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quizzes15Homework and Quizzes checking progress towards the certification exam
Other15Provide the credential that shows passing the base level SAS certification exam.
Project10Written Project
Other10Bloomberg Certification. Provide the certificate of completion for Bloomberg Market Training (screen BMT)
Oral Presentation10Elevator Speech, networking events, presentations to peers and to supervisors
Written Assignment10Linkedin profile
Oral Presentation10Interview Practice
Written Assignment10Resume Writing and Revision
Written Assignment10Writing for professional communication.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Ethics, Business Writing1 weekcombination of lecture and participation
Linkedin1 weekscombination of lecture and participation
Bloomberg terminal1 weekcombination of lecture and participation
Visitor presentations on internships2 weekscombination of lecture and participation
SAS, targeting Base Certification5 weekscombination of lecture and participation
Practitioner presentations3 weekscombination of lecture and participation
SAS Enterprise Miner and Enterprise Guide1 weekcombination of lecture and participation
mlnosbis 10/18/2016: No overlapping courses.

ghodge 10/20/2016 Ready for ABGS reviewers. Comment: Was the course title considered " Career Development for Quantitative Analysts"

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-Learning outcomes: They do seem very measurable, however they seem to be more of a listing of tasks that the students will complete in the course as apposed to what I think of as an educational outcome. This is more a comment then a criticism and they do meet the test of “measurable”
-A great course for students' profession development. The CAF looks good
allloyd (Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:07:27 GMT): Consult with Statistics requested and added. Course received positive vote from college graduate committee.
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