Spring 2019 - ACMA 490 D300

Selected Topics in Actuarial Science (3)

Applied Probability Model

Class Number: 8472

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5025, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Dependent on the topic covered.



The topics included in this course will vary from term to term depending on faculty availability and student interest.


This course is divided into eleven chapters.

  • Chapter 1, Probabilistic Foundations : Sample Space, Random Variable, Probability Measure, Distribution, Sigma-Algebra, Measurable Space, Probability Triple.
  • Chapter 2, Stochastic Processes : Stochastic Process, Filtration, Stopping Time.
  • Chapter 3, Expectations : Independence, Conditional Probability, Expectation, Moments, Conditional Expectation.
  • Chapter 4, Martingales : Definition, Examples, Stopped Process, Optional Stopping Theorem, Markov Process.
  • Chapter 5, Introduction to Discrete-Time Market Models : Price Processes, Measurable Space, Arbitrage, Pricing, Two-Period Generalization.
  • Chapter 6, Advanced Discrete-Time Market Models : Price Systems and Martingale Measures, Self-Financing Strategy and Arbitrage, Arbitrage and Martingale Measures, Attainable Claims and Price Uniqueness, Admissible Strategy and Martingales, Relationship Between Replication and Pricing, Risk-Neutral and Martingale Measures, Market Completeness.
  • Chapter 7, Convergence : Metric Spaces, Almost Sure Convergence, Convergence in Probability, Convergence in Mean, Convergence in Distribution
  • Chapter 8, Brownian Motion : Normal Distribution Review, Scaled Random Walks, Brownian Motion, Construction of the Brownian Motion.
  • Chapter 9, Stochastic Integral : Riemann Integration, Ito Integration.
  • Chapter 10, Stochastic Differential Equations and It¯o’s Lemma : Ordinary Differential Equations, Ito’s Lemma, Product Rule, Multidimensional Ito’s Lemma, Solutions of Stochastic Differential Equations.
  • Chapter 11, Girsanov’s Theorem and Change of Measures : Change of Measure, Radon-Nikodym Theorem, Girsanov’s Theorem, Multidimensional Girsanov’s Theorem.


  • In-Class Activities 20%
  • Midterm Exam 40%
  • Final Exam 40%


Above grading is subject to change



  • Hull, J. C. (2015). Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives, 9th ed. Pearson.
  • Lyaso, A. (2017). Stochastic Methods in Asset Pricing. The MIT Press.
  • McDonald, R. L. (2015). Derivatives Markets, 3rd ed. Pearson.
  • Shreve, S. (2004). Stochastic Calculus for Finance I : The Binomial Asset pricing Model. Springer Science & Business Media.
  • Shreve, S. (2004). Stochastic Calculus for Finance II : Continuous-Time Models. Springer Science & Business Media.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with Disabilites:
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