Derivatives and Risk Management

10 Units

A broad range of derivative products are examined with a primary focus on how to use these for the management of financial risks. The course introduces standard models of pricing forward, futures and options on diverse underlying assets. The course then explores hedging methods to conduct risk management for business operations, speculative trades, and issued financial instruments. After completing this course students will be familiar with derivatives valuation and their use in risk management.

Faculty Faculty of Business and Law
School Newcastle Business School
Availability Trimester 2 - 2018 (Newcastle City Precinct)
Trimester 2 - 2018 (Sydney Elizabeth Street)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Analyse and price diverse derivatives products to generate an optimal risk management strategy.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking, analytical and problem solving skills in the context of derivatives pricing and hedging practice.
  3. Explain the binomial model and its extension in continuous time to the Black-Scholes model.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of pricing forwards, futures and options contracts

The content of this course may include:

  1. Operation of derivatives market.
  2. Risk and return characteristics of derivative securities.
  3. Pricing forward and future contracts.
  4. Mechanics of option trading.
  5. Option pricing with the Binomial and Black-Scholes models.
  6. Options on stock indices, futures and exotic options.
  7. Managing financial risk using derivative securities.
  8. Credit derivatives markets and instruments
Assumed Knowledge GSBS6140 Investment Analysis
Assessment Items
  • Written Assignment: Written Assignment
  • In Term Test: In-Class test
  • Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct and Sydney Elizabeth Street


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for GSBS6142
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