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MA680A: Seminar in Mathematical Modelling for Science and Finance (Fall 2017)

Calendar Description

This seminar course is designed to develop the capacity to abstract salient features of problems in financial mathematics and the scientific disciplines, and to develop, analyse, and interpret models. Problems from financial mathematics and science, using undergraduate mathematics in modelling and analysis, are studied in detail. Commonality of mathematical methods and structures across disciplines is emphasized. Students work individually and in groups, and produce both written and oral reports on their projects.


Professor Roderick Melnik (PhD)
Office location: LH3075 (Lazaridis Hall)
Telephone: x3662
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., or by appointment.
Email: rmelnik@wlu.ca


  • Classroom LH3058 (Lazaridis Hall), Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., every week.
  • Every even week on Tuesday is reserved for the projects (11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., LH3066) as students in this class will be using computer labs. Lectures or project consultations will be given every odd week on Tuesday (11:30 am. - 12:50 p.m.).


There are no required textbooks in this course. 


During your examination, calculators, including programmable ones, are permitted.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA680 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Individual Mathematical Modelling Projects: 40%
  • Final Exam (exact date, time and location to be announced): 60%

Students must achieve a score of at least 40% of the marks available on the final examination to be eligible to pass the course. The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA680 and is provided for the convenience of students.