Unit description

This unit provides an introduction to financial derivatives. It deals with the investment decision making process, derivative markets and securities, pricing, risk management and trading strategies, as well as the application of derivatives in modern financial markets. Topics include: forwards and futures, options, warrants, swaps, exotics, derivative valuation models, and hedging and trading techniques.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to derivative markets
Topic 2 The mechanics of forward and futures market
Topic 3 Principles of pricing forward and futures
Topic 4 Hedging strategies using forward and futures
Topic 5 Swaps
Topic 6 The mechanics of options markets
Topic 7 Option pricing models: Binomial and Black-Scholes-Merton
Topic 8 Trading strategies involving option
Topic 9 Financial risk management techniques and applications
Topic 10 Derivatives mishaps and lessons

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Chance, DM & Brooks R, 2013, An Introduction to Derivatives and Risk Management, 9th edn, South-Western, Mason, OH, USA. ISBN: 13- 9781133190196.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Short written response20%
Short written response30%
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Short written response20%
Short written response30%
Exam: closed book50%

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