Derivative Securities

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Derivative Securities

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: 2201AFE/2281AFE Corporate Finance

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    This course has a prerequisite requirement which means you MUST successfully complete the listed course or requirement/s BEFORE enrolling in this course. If you have enrolled in the course without meeting this requirement you MUST WITHDRAW immediately or contact the Program Director if you believe you have extenuating circumstances. It is our experience that students who have not completed the prerequisite course struggle to complete the course and often Fail as a result. It is your responsibility to have any Transfer Credit appearing on your academic transcript before enrolling. This course considers theoretical, empirical and practical aspects of financial risk management. It provides an in-depth study of some of the risk management aspects of derivative securities eg options, futures, and forward contracts. The course highlights practical applications of these securities focusing on the concept of financial engineering. The central question with which this course is concerned is "What are the characteristics of the most commonly used derivatives securities, how are these instruments priced and which strategies are available in order to manage financial risk with them?

    Course Introduction
    This course covers derivatives such as options, forward contracts, futures contracts, and swaps. By the end of the course you will have a good knowledge of how these contracts work, how they are used, and how they are priced. Derivatives have become an integral part of finance. Whether you end up working for a financial or a non-financial institution, you will find the material you learn on this course important.

    Course Aims
    The central objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how deriviates such as futures and options work, and how firms and individuals can use the available techniques to manage financial risks, which are fundamental to successful management of a firm or a portfolio of personal investments.

    Interrelationship of the Course with Other Courses
    This course builds on students' knowledge of Corporate Finance introduced in 2201AFE or 2210AFE Investment Planning and guides students through basic risk management principles particularly related to financial instruments.

    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 explain the basic characteristics of forward and futures contracts;
    2 describe the basic characteristics of options;
    3 explain the basic characteristics of swaps;
    4 demonstrate an understanding about how derivatives are used for risk management purposes;
    5 understand fundamental issues concerned with measuring interest rates which are a factor in the valuation of derivatives;
    6 understand the mechanics of derivatives markets;
    7 develop the ability to price derivatives;
    8 calculate and interpret a measure of the total risk to which a financial asset portfolio is exposed - VaR.

    Assessment Summary
    Quiz-Weighted 5%/100
    Mid-Semester Exam-Weighted 30%/100
    Take-Home Assignment-15%/100
    Exam (Selected and Constructed Responses)-Weighted 15%/100
    End-of-Semester Examination-Weighted 50%/100

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.