Review Comment

[IEOR E4706] Financial Engineering I

May 20, 2011

Iyengar, Garud
[IEOR E4706] Financial Engineering I

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The guy below is right. This guy's brain works a mile per second. He talks way too fast and it's like he's trying to jam as much material in you as he can. His style fits the following analogy: he feeds you a big burger, and before you swallow it, he feeds you another big slice of pizza. It's just not possible to take notes in his lecture because by the time you write down a sentence in your notes, he probably already moves on to the next topic. He used the lecture notes from another professor (Martin Haugh). Sure, I know he doesn't want to spend extra time to prepare for notes, but he should at least use the same notation as Haugh's note to avoid confusion.

And he's kind of cocky too. Some guy was asking him a question in the lecture, and he blatantly replies "No, that would be dumb." What a nice way to embarass your student in front of the whole class.

He finishes the material on the midterm two weeks before the midterm (Like I said, he talks really fast). So he spent the 1.5 lectures before the midterm going over stuff to be covered in the final (0.5 lecture was devoted to a mini, but not very helpful, review). That's not a very good way to help us prepare for the midterm by going over stuff that won't be on the midterm.

Oh, and he specifically said in the lecture that we will not be responsible for certain topic (such as trinomial model) for the final exam. Guess what, it is in the final.

Another brilliant thing that he said in regard to the final: 20% of the test will be stuff that we have never seen before. Gee, I wonder what is the point of testing us the stuff that we've never seen.

Workload:

weekly homework (hard, impossible to get all of the questions right without the helps from TA)
hard midterm
hard final

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4706: Financial Engineering I: Foundations of Financial Engin Siu Leung 2012 Summer MW / 2:40- 3:55 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4706: Financial Engineering I: Foundations of Financial Engin Steven Kou 2010 Summer TRTR / 11:00- 1:30 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4706: Financial Engineering I: Foundations of Financial Engin Steven Kou, Leo Tilman 2009 Summer MW / 3:00- 5:30 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4706: Financial Engineering I: Fe: Discrete-Time Asset Pricing Sasha Stoikov 2007 Fall T / 10:35- 1:05 PM 1
IEOR / IEOR IEOR IEOR E4706: Financial Engineering I: Fe: Discrete-Time Asset Pricing Martin Haugh 2004 Fall T / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1