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Minor Title Minor in Computational & Financial Mathematics
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2017-2018

The Minor in Computational & Financial Mathematics provides students with fundamental knowledge in both computational mathematics and financial mathematics. It is specifically designed for students who are interested in the above subjects and those whose majors require sophisticated mathematical skills.  It aims to nurture quantitative reasoning, logical, analytical and critical thinking, innovative imagination, meticulous care to work, ability to conceptualize, skills for problem-solving and skills to tackle novel situations and ill-defined problems. It is particularly useful for solving mathematical problems arising from computational sciences and financial industry.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

understand and describe fundamental concepts in computational and financial mathematics (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

apply mathematical methods and analysis to real life problems (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and project-based learning in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

communicate and discuss scientific issues related to mathematics (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and presentation opportunities in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:

Major in Mathematics
Major in Mathematics/Physics
Minor in Mathematics
Minor in Operations Research & Mathematical Programming

Required courses (42 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (18 credits) (note 3)
Disciplinary Core Courses (18 credits)
MATH1013 University mathematics II (6)
MATH2101 Linear algebra I (6)
MATH2211 Multivariable calculus (6)
2. Advanced level courses (24 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses (12 credits)
MATH3601 Numerical analysis (6)
MATH3906 Financial calculus (6)
Disciplinary Electives (12 credits)
At least 12 credits selected from the following courses:
MATH3408 Computational methods and differential equations with applications (6)
MATH3603 Probability theory (6)
MATH3904 Introduction to optimization (6)
MATH3911 Game theory and strategy (6)
MATH4602 Scientific computing (6)
MATH4907 Numerical methods for financial calculus (6)
MATH7217 Topics in financial mathematics (6)
MATH7224 Topics in advanced probability theory (6)

1. Double counting of credits is not permissible for major-minor or double-minors combinations. For a course appears as a core course ("disciplinary core") in the major-minor or double-minors, students have to make up the credits by taking replacement course in the minor. For details, please refer to "Students taking double Majors, Major-Minor or double Minors with overlapping course requirements" in the BSc syllabuses.

2. Students must have level 2 or above in HKDSE Extended Module 1 or 2 of Mathematics or equivalent to take this major.  Students who do not fulfill this requirement are advised to take MATH1011 University mathematics I.

3. Students taking the Mathematics related major/minor should check the exemption and replacement arrangement for the introductory level Disciplinary Core Mathematics courses at http://www.scifac.hku.hk/ug/current/bsc/curriculum/overlapping-course-req.


Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.

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