CORPFIN 7020NA - Options Futures & Risk Management (M)

Ngee Ann Academy - Trimester 3 - 2014

This course examines the function and operation derivative markets serve in finance. To begin, the course identifies relationships that must hold in such markets if there are to be no arbitrage opportunities. The course then covers options pricing using the Binomial and Black-Scholes approach, as well as describing a wide range of futures and options dealing strategies, along with their applications to hedging and risk management. Currency and fixed-interest derivatives are also considered as well as swaps, options on futures and some alternative exotic options.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 7020NA
    Course Options Futures & Risk Management (M)
    Coordinating Unit Adelaide Business School
    Term Trimester 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Ngee Ann Academy
    Units 3
    Prerequisites CORPFIN 7005 & CORPFIN 7039
    Assessment Exam/assignments/tests/tutorial work as prescribed at first lecture
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Ralf Zurbrugg

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and Understanding
    This course is designed to provide coverage of the principles behind the pricing and utilisation of derivatives as an investment tool plus hedging instrument. This course is geared towards those students following a pathway incorporating finance in their study program. This course forms part of RG146 ASIC requirements for providing financial derivatives advice in Australia, plus covers a significant amount of the body of knowledge on derivatives required for CFA examinations.

    Communication Skills
    The continuing development of good inter-personal and communication skills is widely recognised as important for all graduates. This course specifically seeks to develop students’ abilities to participate in discussions in tutorials.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this course students should be able to:

    1.  Price American and European options
    2.  Price forward and futures contracts
    3.  Develop strategies to profit from mispriced derivative assets
    4.  Hedge underlying positions using derivatives
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 and 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3 and 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 and 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Text Books
    The course-reader contains the core material that will be covered within the course. However, it is also a requirement that you obtain a copy of one of the following texts and that you supplement your studies from the course-reader with one of these texts:

    • Chance, Don .M, An Introduction to Derivatives and Risk Management, any edition.

    • Kolb, R.W, Futures, Options & Swaps, any edition.

    • Hull, J., Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, any edition.

    Any of the above texts will be of immense use. However, this course is based around the Australasian market for derivatives and as such some differences exist between the textbook and what is taught in the lectures. This course also follows closely the body of knowledge deemed necessary for completion of the CFA levels I to III exams.

    Included in the study guide, are the following articles:
    • ‘What Does an Option Pricing Model Tell Us About Option Prices?’ by Stephen Figlewski, Financial Analysts Journal, Sept-Oct 1989.
    • ‘Risk Without Reward’ by James Glassman, The Browser – HARVARD magazine.
    • ‘How Leeson Broke Barings’ by IFCI Risk Institute at 
    • ‘Risk Management Lessons from Long-Term Capital Management’ by Philippe Jorion, European Financial Management Journal, 6:277-300, 2000.
    • ‘Derivatives Debacles’ by Anatoli Kuprianov, Federal Reserve of Richmond, Economic Quarterly, 81:4, 1995.
    Recommended Resources
    Perdisco e¬ workbook: 
    An online study resource has been developed for this unit to help you learn the content that will be covered. Using hundreds of interactive practice questions and problem solving exercises, the e workbook helps you make the most of your study time by offering:
    • The chance to practice and revise each topic until you completely understand it
    • Step-by-step feedback explaining why each answer you have given was correct or incorrect
    • Help that’s available when you need it (even outside of normal class hours)
    The e workbook will provide unlimited access throughout the course and can be purchased online by credit card, money order, cheque or BPAY. Payment instructions are provided after registration.
    To start using the e-workbook, visit and click on ‘Create a new account’.

    E workbook assessment tasks
    The e workbook is also being used to deliver interactive assessment tasks that will contribute to your overall assessment marks for this unit. The assessments can be submitted online from anywhere, are marked instantly and give you immediate feedback on your performance. You do not have to pay for the e-workbook to take the assessment, as non-paying students can access the Special Reserve online which provides access to students, but on a limited time basis only. Further details are contained on the MyUni course website in regards to the Special Reserve.
    Online Learning
    Videos are available of the topics covered in the course and serve as a learning-aid, not a replacement for attending lectures as the material presented can differ slightly on an annual basis.

    Other materials, including supplementary questions & answers, are also available on MyUni for students to work through as an addition to the regular tutorial questions. Finally, part of the assessment of this course is via online tests provided as a free service by Perdisco.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Two intensive weekends. 

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The University expects full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote the equivalent of a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are expected to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course of private study outside of your regular classes.
    Students in this course are expected to attend intensives  
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course material is presented in 9 topics, as described below:

    1. An Introduction to Options Markets
    2. Basic Option Valuation
    3. The Binomial Option Pricing Model
    4. The Black-Scholes Option Pricing Model
    5. Options Strategies and Risk Management for Individuals
    6. An Introduction to Futures Markets
    7. Principles of Forward and Futures Pricing
    8. Hedging with Futures
    9. Futures on Options, Currency Derivatives and Exotic Options

    Two case studies will also be examined during the semester. They are:
    • The Demise of Long-Term Capital Management
    • Barings Bank Collapse
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    The assessment components include:
    o 3 online tests that are conducted through Further details regarding Perdisco access are contained on MyUni and will also be discussed during class.
    o 1 group assignment (worth 15% towards your final grade)
    o 1 closed-book final exam (worth 65% towards your final grade)

    The assessment components are as follows:

    Assessment   Due Date and time Weighting  Related Learning Outcome
    Online test #1 Anytime during the course 5% 10 questions focused on #1(Topics 1-2)
    Online test #2 Anytime during the course 5% 10 questions focused on #1 and #3 (Topics 2-5)
    Online test #3 Anytime during the course 10% Numerical case study focused on #2 and #4 (Topics 6-9)
    Group assignment                 Available to download
    from MyUni website.
    Due for submission at 2nd      intensive.
    15%                  #3 and #4 (Topics 6-9)
    Final Exam
    3 hours. Closed book.               
    15 March 2014 65% All
    Total 100%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    1. The group assignment should be presented as a professional report for a client. As such the presentation and ‘readability’ of the document will be an important aspect in its assessment.

    2. Example of a previous similar assignment will be posted on the MyUni site.

    3. To gain a pass for this course, a mark of at least 45% must be obtained on the examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students not achieving the minimum exam mark will be awarded no more than 49.

    4. Legible hand-writing and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. Marks may be deducted in the final examination because of poor hand-writing.

    5. Students in this course are not permitted to take a DICTIONARY (English or English-Foreign) into the examination. The use of a calculator in the examination is permitted in this course.


    Statutory obligations in Singapore are such that attendance in person is a compulsory condition of passing a course. Our specific requirements are that students must attend at least 80% of class sessions to be graded for that course. For these purposes each intensive weekend is defined as comprising 5 sessions with 1 on Friday evening and 2 on each of Saturday and Sunday.

    Each course in total comprises 10 sessions; Students must attend a minimum of 8 sessions to be eligible to be given a grade for the course. Students failing to meet these requirements will be automatically graded 0% Fail (F) on their transcripts.
    Assessment Detail
    Sample test questions similar to the online tests are available to students through the Perdisco e-workbook as practise tests. A sample group assignment is provided for viewing on the MyUni website and a sample exam script is printed at the back of the student course workbook. 
    Presentation of Assignments
    • Please retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • Please attach an ‘Assignment Cover Sheet’, which is signed and dated by you before submission.
    • All group assignments must be attached to a ‘Group Assignment Cover Sheet’, which must be signed and dated by all group members before submission. All team members are expected to contribute approximately equally to a group assignment.

    Lecturers can refuse to accept assignments, which do not have a signed acknowledgement of the University’s policy on plagiarism.

    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    The Communication Skills Guide will assist you to structure your assignments. A copy of the guide can be downloaded from: 

    This publication also provides guidelines on a range of other important communication skills including writing essays and management reports, making oral presentations etc.
    In preparing any written piece of assessment for your postgraduate studies it is important to draw on the relevant ‘literature’ to support critical analysis. Also essential is to reference the literature used. Correct referencing is important because it identifies the source of the ideas and arguments that you present, and sometimes the source of the actual words you use, and helps to avoid the problem of plagiarism. (Further information on plagiarism is provided later in this course outline.)
    The Harvard system is widely used in the Business School. Guidelines for the use of this style of referencing can be found in the Communication Skills Guide.
    Further assistance with referencing is available from the Faculty’s Learning Support Advisors. The contact details are provided on page 6 of the Communication Skills Guide.

    Late Assignment Submission
    Students are expected to submit their work by the due date to maintain a fair and equitable system. Extensions will generally only be given for medical or other serious reasons. All requests for extensions must be emailed to the lecturer in charge of the course before the due date. Each request will be assessed on its merits. A late assignment (without prior arrangement) will be penalised by a 10% mark reduction for each day, or part thereof, that it is late.

    Return of Assignments
    Lecturer will aim to mark and return assignments to students within four (4) weeks of the due date with written feedback.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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