Course objectives

Experiential learning and skill acquisition

Information technology is an essential ingredient for success in the fast-paced financial industry. Comm4230 / GComm7770 is designed to give you a competitive advantage in your next job by providing you with hands-on experience and thus a deeper understanding of the role of IT in finance. By the end of the class you will be able to tell to your employers an exciting story about how you and your team designed and developed technologies to solve business problems.

By participating in the yearly McIntire Hedge Tournament, you will learn how to use Information Technology to manage a $50mil portfolio of stock and options in turbulent financial markets, to hedge financial risk in real time settings, and to overcome the challenges of managing a fairly complex IT project.

While the Tournament is an exciting endeavor by itself, it is also a means to achieve broad educational goals. Comm4230/ GComm7770 teaches you how to use Information Technology to automate and support decision making in Finance. Taking this class will help you to (1) think algorithmically, i.e., understand in concrete and specific terms how information technology solves business problems, and (2) develop hands-on skills in current and widely-used tools for business intelligence, financial engineering, and process automation.

Comm4230 is designed for undergraduate students. Grad students enroll in GComm7770.


The Tournament

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