Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

QAre there any prerequisites?

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No, but if you don’t have any prior economic modeling experience it may be helpful to read over the Self Teaching Manual before the start of the course.


QWhat is the course format?

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The course is largely lecture based, but time is also spent examining and solving problems in class.


QWhat is the schedule of the course?

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Class hours for the 5-day program are 8:00–noon and 1:15–5:00 Monday through Thursday and 8:00–noon on Friday.
For the 3-day program, 8:00–noon and 1:15–5:00 Monday through Tuesday and 8:00–noon on Wednesday. A “getting acquainted function” will be held after class on Tuesday for each session occuring at Colorado School of Mines.


QWhat should I bring with me?

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All participants should bring a financial calculator capable of making NPV and IRR calculations. Hewlett Packard HP10BII is recommended. Hewlett Packard 12C, 17BII, or Texas Instruments BAII or equivalent models are suitable substitutes. Laptops with Excel are an alternative to calculators and are welcome. Application of both will be addressed during the courses.


QIs lunch provided?

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No, lunch is not provided. We break for lunch from approximately 12:00 noon to 1:15 pm. If you plan to get lunch on the go, take a look at this comprehensive list of restaurants in Golden


QWhat is appropriate attire?

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Business casual is recommended.


QDo I have to bring a financial calculator?

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We recommend that you bring a financial calculator capable of making NPV and IRR calculations. Hewlett Packard HP10BII is recommended. Hewlett Packard 12C, 17BII, or Texas Instruments BAII or equivalent models are suitable substitutes.


QDo I have to bring my laptop?

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We recommend strongly that if you have a laptop, you bring it to the course. Excel is a valuable tool for economic modeling, and many in-class problems are solved much more easily using Excel.