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Summer 2016: I taught two sections of Quantitative Methods for the MS programs in business (Finance & Real Estate and Business Analytics & Supply Chain). 

This page provides information on the courses I have taught.  Summary information about my teaching evaluations at CU-Boulder can be searched using this tool.  I provide more detailed information below.

Investments and Portfolio Management  University of Colorado - Boulder.  
Teaching Evaluations with Student Comments: Spring 2016Spring 2015Spring 2014

I have taught Investments and Portfolio Management during the spring semester since 2014.  This course covers the portfolio management process.  In particular, we will study the relationship between risk and return, investment philosophies, portfolio selection, asset allocation, performance evaluation and measurement, as well as active and passive portfolio management.  In studying these topics, we emphasize developing and applying practical skills (Excel) and a rigorous mathematical understanding of portfolio concepts.

Quantitative Methods and Managerial Economics  University of Colorado - Boulder.  Summer 2015

I taught two courses in the first summer of the new MS of Finance Program.* 

Quantitative Methods. This course is a first rigorous statistics class, covering probability, sampling distributions, summary statistics and regression.  In addition to the statistics concepts, students are expected to learn statistical programming in R (Monte Carlo simulation, repeated sampling, etc.), which is used to further enhance student understanding of the underlying statistics and probability concepts.

Managerial Economics.  This course is an economics class that requires no prior experience with economics, but covers the essential economics concepts as a foundation for the master's of finance.  These topics include supply and demand, equilibrium, individual optimization with applications to consumers and investors, theory of the firm and industry equilibrium, externalities, innovative pricing and monopoly power.  The course concludes with a unit on macroeconomics that covers the essentials of expenditure categories (consumption, investment, government expenditures), monetary policy, fiscal policy, and macroeconomic equilibrium.

*Note: no individual student comments are available for Summer 2015 because evaluations were done online.

Honors Econometrics  University of Chicago
Teaching EvaluationsSpring 2011Winter 2012

As a graduate student at University of Chicago, I taught Honors Econometrics, an undergraduate econometrics course for students seeking advanced preparation for graduate school or industry.  The class covers Ordinary Least Squares, Generalized Least Squares, Instrumental Variables, and Maximum Likelihood Estimation.  Students in the course become proficient in R and Stata as well as some of the standard econometric proof techniques.  By the end of the course, students are able to replicate papers in the economics literature and provide critical review of papers that use the standard econometric framework.

For this course, I recorded some video tutorials that loosely correspond to the Econometrics Math Review portion of the course.  I have also written a comprehensive set of course notes (pdf here, download at the bottom of this page), which I have self-published at Lulu (link here; price $12.50 is about what printing would cost).

Intromediate Microeconomics Montana State University

Before graduate school in Chicago, I was a full-time adjunct professor at Montana State University, where I taught Introduction to Microeconomic Theory.  In my year of teaching that course, I developed a set of notes, which I subsequently published as a book (Intromediate Microeconomics, 2008).  To complement this book, I have recorded a set of lectures on introduction-to-intermediate microeconomic theory.  I hope you find these resources useful.

Other Teaching Experience

While pursuing my master's of statistics at Montana State, I also served as an instructor for introductory statistics and intermediate statistics. 
Tony Cookson,
Oct 7, 2012, 11:27 AM