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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)


Topics include institutional aspects of how financial derivatives markets operate, use of and factors affecting the price of options in equity, currency and interest rate markets, the pricing of and uses of futures, forward contracts and swaps, new financial derivative instruments in Australia.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. describe the characteristics of options, futures, and other derivatives
  2. identify factors that affect option prices
  3. apply option pricing models
  4. explain the operation of futures markets and the link between spot and futures prices
  5. analyse swaps, FRAs, caps, floors and collars in terms of their basic components for pricing purposes
  6. demonstrate how the derivatives can be used for risk management, speculation and arbitrage
  7. apply critical thinking, problem solving and presentation skills to individual and/or group activities dealing with derivative instruments and demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered by AFC3340.


Within semester assessment: 20%
Examination (3 hours): 80%

Chief examiner(s)

Binh Do

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial per week