As promised, I have posted the formula sheet for today’s statistics class problem in Finance 4366 at http://fin4366.garven.com/spring2023/statformulasheet.pdf. I highly recommend that everyone work through the class problem with the help of this formula sheet prior to Thursday’s Finance 4366 class meeting.
At any point in time this semester, you can make sure that you are on track with Finance 4366 assignments by monitoring due dates on Canvas and on the course website. Links for future class meetings, quizzes, problem sets, and exams appear on the Canvas “To Do” list. Links for readings (along with their due dates) appear on http://fin4366.garven.com/readings/, and links for problem sets (along with their due dates) appear on http://fin4366.garven.com/problem-sets/. In the case of assigned readings, students are required to complete a short (10-minute) readings quiz prior to the start of class for each reading assignment due date; the window for completing this task begins 24 hours prior to the start of the class meeting for which the reading assignment is due.
The required textbook for the Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives (Finance 4366) course at Baylor University (coincidentally) shares the same title as the course. Authored by University of Toronto finance professor John Hull, the “Options, Futures and Other Derivatives” textbook is quite expensive; indeed, the campus bookstore currently offers used copies for $286.25, and new copies for $381.50.
Although I list the 10th (US) edition as “required” for Finance 4366 in the course syllabus, earlier editions of this book; e.g., the 8th and 9th (US and international) editions will also suffice, since the chapters we cover in Finance 4366 are virtually identical across the 8th through 10th editions. Just make sure that the book author (John C. Hull) and title (Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives) are the same, that the edition of the book is no earlier than the 8th edition, and that you are buying the textbook and not the solutions manual or instructor’s manual.
Finally, don’t worry about whether the book you buy or rent includes the “Derivagem” software. Derivagem is an Excel spreadsheet template that you can download from the course website.
According to Section III.C.16 of Baylor’s Honor Code Policy and Procedures, using, uploading, downloading, or purchasing any online resource that has been derived from material pertaining to a Baylor course without the written permission of the professor constitutes dishonorable conduct; i.e., an act of academic dishonesty. Section IV.A. of the same document obligates faculty members who suspect that a student has engaged in dishonorable conduct of this sort to either handle the matter directly with the student or refer it to the Honor Council.
While you may use course-related documents that I distribute in class and on the course website for strictly personal academic purposes, anything other than your personal use of these documents is in violation of Section III.C.16 of Baylor’s Honor Code Policy and Procedures and therefore, expressly forbidden. Examples include sharing course-related documents with students who are not enrolled in Finance 4366 and uploading such documents to so-called course-sharing websites such as Quizlet, Coursehero, and Chegg, etc. Furthermore, the use of course-related documents (e.g., old problem sets and exams) from any other source other than me also represents an honor code violation.
I close by citing the “Academic Honesty and Integrity” section of the Finance 4366 course syllabus:
Plagiarism, or any form of cheating, involves a breach of student-teacher trust. This means that work on quizzes, problem sets, and exams submitted under your name is expected to be your own, neither composed by anyone else as a whole or in part, nor handed over to another person for complete or partial revision. Instances of plagiarism, or any other act of academic dishonesty, will be reported to the Honor Council and may result in failure of the course or expulsion from the University.
Baylor’s honor code and the Finance 4366 honor code are important resources for understanding various types of academic dishonesty, and I expect my students to be intimately familiar with both of these documents. The standards set forth in both of these honor codes will be applied to all of your work in Finance 4366.