Faculty of Business and Economics

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
Organisational UnitDepartment of Accounting and Finance
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2013 (Evening)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Evening)
Caulfield Second semester 2013 (Evening)


This unit examines how options and futures can be used for hedging risk in the process of risk management. Several aspects of risk management are examined, including the reasons why investors indulge in this activity, how value is created via risk management, and the firm-wide approach to risk management (given that any firm is exposed to a wide variety of risks). Once the importance of risk management has been established, emphasis turns to the use of derivatives (futures and options) to manage risk. To understand how they are used to manage risk, the unit also considers the characteristics and pricing of these instruments, including some exotic versions.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. examine the financial risk management function and its evolution in the corporate world
  2. understand the characteristics of futures and options markets and be able to apply these instruments so as to hedge the risk exposure of the firm
  3. design appropriate risk management strategies using options and futures for hedging and speculation
  4. demonstrate effective research skills to produce a professional quality business report recommending a solution to a risk management problem
  5. demonstrate in an individual summative assessment task the acquisition of a comprehensive understanding of derivative instruments in financial markets, both the mechanism of their operation and their application in hedging risk exposures.


Within semester assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Binh Do (First semester)
Dr Andrew Sanford (Second semester)

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Only students enrolled in one of the following courses may undertake this unit:
0028, 0396, 0503, 0504, 0790, 0826, 1445, 1499, 1679, 2098, 2619, 3174, 3176, 3177, 3179, 3189, 3818, 3822, 3843, 3844, 3848, 3850 or 4412.


AFF5290, AFF3751