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Preparatory Courses

​In addition, we provide preparatory courses in Mathematics, Finance and Programming. No extra credits will be given for these courses.

    • The Math preparatory course is designed for those who want to refresh their math before they embark on the MFE programme pro​per. This course is compulsory fo​r all incoming MFE students who will be required to register, attend all classes as well as sit for the test at the end of the course.​

    • The Basic Finance and Financial Computing Preparatory course introduces participants to the basics of finance and applications. It provides an overview of finance, basic theory, terminology and tools commonly used in finance.

    • The Programming Preparatory course is beneficial for participants who want to get a head start in programming to prepare for the MFE course as well as getting a glimpse of what financial industry practitioners are doing.​​
Prep Course Fees for AY2018. 

 
    Course MFE 2018
    Applicants
    Non-MFE
    Applicants
    Math Preparatory only S$750.00 S$950.00
    Math Preparatory + 1 other
    preparatory course
    S$1,350.00 per person S$1,900.00 per person
    Math Preparatory + 2 other
    preparatory courses
    S$1,800.00 per person S$2,850.00 per person​
          
 
  • Mathematics
    With immediate effect, the Mathematics Preparatory Course is compulsory for all incoming MFE students. All incoming students are required to register and attend all classes as well as sit for the test at the end of the course.

    The Mathematics Preparatory Course is designed to refresh your mathematical skills and know-how, and is highly recommended if you need to brush up on your mathematical knowledge. There are 6 sessions, with a test at the end. It provides the pre-requisites for the FE8506 Calculus & Linear Algebra course.

    1. Basic Mathematics: Sets, Real Number System, Surds and Logarithm, Simultaneous Equations, Functions, Polynomials

    2. Matrix Algebra: Basic Matrix Operations; Elementary Row Operations; Determinants; Matrix Inverses; Linear Equations; Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors;

    3. Vector Space: Basic Vector Operations, Norms, Spanning Sets and Basis, Geometry of Vector Spaces, Gram-Schmidt Process

    4. Differential Calculus: Series and Sequences; Limits & Continuity; Derivatives (including Partial Derivatives); Product Rule and Chain Rule; Taylor Series;

    5. Optimization: Unconstrained Optimization; Constrained Optimization

    6. Integral Calculus: Definite & Indefinite Integrals; Techniques of Integration; Special Functions; Laplace Transforms

    7. Difference and Differential Equations: Solving difference equations; First & Second Order Linear ODE; Solving ODEs using Laplace Transforms

    Recommended Text: Lee Hon Sing and Gerald Cheang, Introduction to Calculus and Matrix Algebra with Applications in Finance, Second Edition, 2007, McGraw-Hill

    *Course content is subject to revision.

    Instructor: Assistant Professor Cheong Siew Ann

    2018 Schedule:

    Session 1 & 2: Saturday, 23 June 2018, 9.00am – 6.00pm (Lunch will be provided)

    Session 3: Monday, 25 June 2018, 6.30pm – 10.30pm

    Session 4: Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 6.30pm – 10.30pm

    Session 5: Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 6.30pm – 10.30pm

    Session 6: Wednesday 4 July 2018 , 6.30pm – 10.30pm

    Session 7 (Exam): Saturday, 7 July 2018, 10.00am – 12.30pm

    Venue
    Conference Room 2
    Block S3 Level B4 Section A Room 03 (S3-B4A-03)
    Nanyang Business School, NTU


    *2018 Fees


    Course MFE 2018
    applicants
    Non-MFE
    applicants
    Math Preparatory only S$750.00 S$950.00
    Math Preparatory + 1 other
    preparatory course
    S$1,350.00 per person S$1,900.00 per person
    Math Preparatory + 2 other
    preparatory courses
    S$1,800.00 per person S$2,850.00 per person

    Registration: Priority will be given to applicants for the MFE AY2018 intake. If you did not apply for the AY2018 intake, we will inform you 2 weeks before the start of the course if there is a vacancy for you and if you are successfully registered for the Math Prep course.


    Registration for the 2018 Math Prep course has commenced, please click here​ to register.

    For more information, please contact:

    Revathi Naidu
    Phone: +65 6790 5025
    Email: RevathiNaidu@ntu.edu.sg
  • Basic Finance and Financial Computing
    This is an introductory Basic Finance and Financial Computing course that will provide an overview of finance, basic theory, terminology and tools commonly used in Basic Finance and Financial Computing. The course will specifically discuss the financial system, financial statements and financial statement analysis, time value of money, basic valuation of bonds and stocks and capital budgeting processes and techniques.

    The course comprises of 5 4-hour sessions. Classes will be conducted in seminar style together with in-class exercises. Microsoft Excel will be used extensively as a computing tool.

    Participants will receive handout materials comprising of Powerpoint slides and Excel Templates.

    1a. Finance and The Financial System
    • Finance and the flow of funds
    • Functions of the financial system
    • Financial markets and intermediaries
    1b. Financial Statement Analysis (Part 1)
    • Functions of financial statements
    • Market values versus book value
    • Accounting versus Economic measures of income
    • 2a. Financial Statement Analysis (Part 2)
      • Forecasting financial statements
      2b. Time Value of Money
      • Future value and present value of a lump sum
      • Future value and present value of cash flow streams
      • Annuities and perpetual annuities
      • Loan amortization
      3. Special applications of Time Value
      • Compounding and continuously compounding
      • Stated versus effective annual interest rates
      • Valuation of bonds and stocks
      4. Introduction to Capital Budgeting
      • Capital budgeting decision rules: Payback methods, internal rate of return (IRR), modified IRR, net present value (NPV), profitability index
      • Pros and cons of the decision rules
      5. Cash Flow Estimation and Risk Analysis

      • Identifying and estimating cash flows
      • Project risk analysis: Techniques for measuring stand alone risk
      6. Roadmap to Financial Engineering programme

      Recommended Text: Zvi Bodie and Robert C. Merton, Finance, 1st Edition, (ISBN: 0-13-310897-X) *Course content is subject to revision

      Instructor: Associate Professor Charlie Charoenwong

      2018 Schedule

      (1) Session 1: Thursday, 5 July 2018, 6.30 – 10.30pm

      (2) Session 2: Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 6.30 – 10.30pm

      (3) Session 3: Thursday, 12 July 2018, 6.30 – 10.30pm

      (4) Session 4 & 5: Saturday, 14 July 2018, 9.00 – 6.00pm

      Venue
      Conference Room 2
      Block S3 Level B4 Section A Room 03 (S3-B4A-03)
      Nanyang Business School, NTU


      *2018 Fees


      Course MFE 2018
      applicants
      Non-MFE
      applicants
      Math Preparatory only S$750.00 S$950.00
      Math Preparatory + 1 other
      preparatory course
      S$1,350.00 per person S$1,900.00 per person
      Math Preparatory + 2 other
      preparatory courses
      S$1,800.00 per person S$2,850.00 per person


      Registration: Priority will be given to applicants for the MFE AY2018 intake. If you did not apply for the AY2018 intake, we will inform you 2 weeks before the start of the course if there is a vacancy for you and if you are successfully registered for the Basic Finance and Financial Computing Preparatory course.
      Registration for the 2018 Basic Finance and Financial Computing Preparatory course is now open. Please register here.

      For more information, please contact:
      Revathi Naidu
      Phone: +65 6790 5025
      Email: RevathiNaidu@ntu.edu.sg
  • Programming​
    This course is aimed at those who want to get a head start in financial modeling, data analysis and thinking in code to prepare for MFE course from a financial practitioner. This "crash" course will begin with showcasing real-world applications, walking through essential syntax, and getting your mind and hands working together during the practical sessions.


    Instructor: Dr. Yang Ye finds pleasure in programming to find things out. He's now quantitative risk lead for global commodities supply chain after being in-charge of global commodities market risk modeling.

    He holds B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering (Mechatronics), PhD in Biological Science (Computational and Structural Biology), and Energy Risk Profession (GARP).

    Topic 0:
    * Role of Programming in Financial Career

    Topic 1: Excel/VBA
    * Working model of Excel
    * VBA Syntax and functions
    * Excel-VBA Interaction

    Topic 2: R
    R is a programming language system (which is not just a language) which has been widely adopted by practitioners in finance and data science. To quote, "While Python is often praised for being a general-purpose language with an easy-to-understand syntax, R's functionality is developed with statisticians in mind, thereby giving it field-specific advantages such as great features for data visualization." (https://goo.gl/22aglI) We use this feature-rich system to learn how to get things done quickly and nicely.

    * R Environment
    * Data types and Syntax
    * Plotting and visualization
    * Modeling and Analysis
    * Useful Packages

    Topic 3: Essential guide to Python and C++
    * A strong highly-concentrated dose of Object-Oriented programming

    2018 Schedule:

    Session 1: Wednesday, 20 June 2018 - 6.30pm to 10.30pm

    Session 2: Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 6.30pm to 10.30pm

    Session 3: Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - 6.30pm to 10.30pm

    Session 4: Thursday, 28 June 2018 - 6.30pm to 10.30pm

    Session 5: Saturday, 30 June 2018 - 9.00am to 1.00pm

    Session 6 (Exam) : Saturday, 30 June 2018 - 2.30pm to 4.30pm

    Venue
    Conference Room 2
    Block S3 Level B4 Section A Room 03, (S3-B4A-03)
    Nanyang Business School, NTU


    *2018 Fees


    Course MFE 2018
    applicants
    Non-MFE
    applicants
    Math Preparatory only S$750.00 S$950.00
    Math Preparatory + 1 other
    preparatory course
    S$1,350.00 per person S$1,900.00 per person
    Math Preparatory + 2 other
    preparatory courses
    S$1,800.00 per person S$2,850.00 per person

    Registration: Priority will be given to applicants for the MFE AY2018 intake. If you did not apply for the AY2018 intake, we will inform you 2 weeks before the start of the course if there is a vacancy for you and if you are successfully registered for the Math Prep course.


    Registration for the 2018 Programming Prep course has commenced, please click here​ to register.

    For more information, please contact:

    Revathi Naidu
    Phone: +65 6790 5025
    Email: RevathiNaidu@ntu.edu.sg
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