AØKA08234U Financial Theory and Models (F)
The teaching in this course may be changed to be taught either fully or partly online due to COVID-19. For further information, see the course room on Absalon. The time, place and type of assessment used for the exam may also be changed due to COVID-19, and any further information will be announced under the panel “Exam”.
The course introduces tools for the analysis of both discrete and continuous time asset pricing models. The pricing of derivaties under a no-arbitrage condition is studied and applied. Various interest rate models are introduced. Models for risky debt and optimal capital structure are studied.
After completing the course the student is expected to be able to:
- Identify, describe and discuss core problems in the rigorous modeling of basic financial notions.
- Account for the main technical tools used in rigorous modeling of discrete and continuous time economics.
- Account for the main concepts of financial economics.
- Assess and discuss both benefits and deficiencies of the applied methods and models under scrutiny.
- Correctly select and apply core models to analyze problems in finance.
- Master the analysis of a given problem in finance by selecting and correctly applying the pertinent tools.
- Engage in academic discussions of financial economics and to assess both results and deficiencies of the applied models in a broader context of economics and society.
- Apply the acquired skills to new areas of analysis in both financial economics as well as in broader fields of economics.
- Master and modify the studied tools and methods in new situations.
- Apply the acquired skills as stepping stones to more advanced models and topics in finance and economics.
Text book: Tomas Björk. Arbitrage Theory in Continuous Time. Oxford Finance Series, 3rd Edition.
Supplementary teaching material and exercise lists provided by the teacher.
The student should have a sound knowledge of markets and prices from Microeconomics I, and should have a basic knowledge of probability from "Probability Theory and Statistics" from the study of Economics.
For non-economic student it is recommended to have followed Business Economics, Mathematics A and Mathematics B from the study of Economics or similar before or at the same time as the course.
3 hours lectures once a week from week 36 to 50 (except week 42).
The overall schema for the BA 3rd year and Master can be seen at KUnet:
MSc in Economics => "Courses and teaching" => "Planning and overview" => "Your timetable"
BA i Økonomi/KA i Økonomi => "Kurser og undervisning" => "Planlægning og overblik" => "Dit skema"
Timetable and venue:
To see the time and location of lectures please press the link under "Timetable"/"Se skema" at the right side of this page. E means Autumn.
You can find the similar information partly in English at
-Select Department: “2200-Økonomisk Institut” (and wait for respond)
-Select Module:: “2200-E20; [Name of course]””
-Select Report Type: “List – Weekdays”
-Select Period: “Efterår/Autumn – Weeks 31-5”
Press: “ View Timetable”
For foreign students not enrolled: Admission requirements, registration etc: Study Economics.
For gæste- og enkelfagsstuderende: Tilmelding via Uddannelse i Økonomi.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment, 3,5 hoursThe exam assignment is given in English and must be answered in English.
Due to the Corona crisis, the Board of Study has decided to change the regular exams and the re-sit exams in the autumn semester to written online take-home exams. Both exams are still individual.
During the exam, it is not allowed to communicate with others about the exam assignment nor the solution at all. It is also prohibited to distribute data regarding the solutions to anyone. If this or alike actions happens, it will be regarded as cheating and plagiarism.
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- Exam registration requirements
There are no requirements that the student has to fulfill during the course to be able to sit the exam.
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
for the written exam. The exam may be chosen for external censorship by random check.
- Exam period
The exam takes place:
21 December 2020
The exact time will be available in Digital Exam.
In special cases, the exam date can be changed to another day and time within the exam period.
The written reexam take place:
24 February 2021
NOTE: If only few students register for the written re-exam, the re-exam might change to a 20 minutes online oral examination with aids, but without preparation time.
If changed to an oral exam, the date, time and place for the exam, will be informed by the Examination Office.
Information about the reexam will be available in the Digital Exam early February.
Criteria for exam assesment
Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.
To receive the top grade, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.