CORPFIN 3504 - Treasury and Financial Risk Management III

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

The course examines the process and instruments used in treasury management and their application in managing risk. Issues will be examined from both a financial institution and non-financial institution perspective. Topics: the risk management environment: typology of risk management, operational risk, risk management in a non-bank setting; risk management instruments: forwards, futures, options, swaps, alternative investments; management of risk: sensitivity analysis, value at risk, risk measurement and control.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CORPFIN 3504
    Course Treasury and Financial Risk Management III
    Coordinating Unit Business School
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CORPFIN 2500
    Corequisites CORPFIN 3502
    Course Description The course examines the process and instruments used in treasury management and their application in managing risk. Issues will be examined from both a financial institution and non-financial institution perspective. Topics: the risk management environment: typology of risk management, operational risk, risk management in a non-bank setting; risk management instruments: forwards, futures, options, swaps, alternative investments; management of risk: sensitivity analysis, value at risk, risk measurement and control.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Thu Phuong Pham

    Course Timetable

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

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

    1. understand how to use financial risk management to create firm value
    2. explain how to measure and manage various types of risks using different approaches and models
    3. appraise the advantages and disadvantages of various risk management techniques and models in a financial and non-financial setting
    4. comprehend the concept of integrated risk management and how to implement it across firms and financial institutions
    5. apply skills required to work effectively in a group
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3 and 4
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The core material that will be covered within the course is available on MyUni. However, it is also a requirement that you obtain a copy of one of the following texts and that you supplement your studies of the core material with one of these texts:

    1) Hull, John C. Risk Management and Financial Institutions, 4th Edition. John Wiley & Sons P&T, March 2015. ISBN: 978-1-118-95594-9

    2) Stulz, René M. Risk Management and Derivatives, 1st Edition. Cengage Learning. 2003. ISBN-13: 9780538861014 / ISBN-10: 0538861010

    Either text is suitable, you do not need to purchase both.
    Recommended Resources
    1) Crouhy, Michel; Dan Galai and Robert Mark. The Essentials of Risk Management, 2nd Edition. McGraw­Hill 2014.
    2) Crouhy, Michel; Dan Galai and Robert Mark. Risk Management, 1st Edition. McGraw­Hill 2000.
    3) Brealey, Richard; Stewart Myers, Franklin Allen. Principles of Corporate Finance. 11th Edition, McGraw­Hill 2013
    4) John C. Hull. Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, 9th Edition, Pearson 2015.
    5) Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Various issues.
    6) High quality finance journals covering risk management.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Lectures are held on weekly basis, beginning in week 1.

    Lectures will cover the core examinable material in the course. Lecture slides are available on MyUni prior to each lecture. These on their own are not an adequate substitute for attending lectures and taking your own lecture notes. It is recommended that you take a copy of the lecture slides with you to class and use these as a basis for your own note-taking. Developing lecture notes is your own responsibility in this course. If you miss a lecture ask a friend or acquaintance for notes.

    There is an expectation that students will engage in additional readings, as well as the required text to gain a full appreciation of all aspects of the course.


    Students are required to attend weekly tutorial sessions, commencing in the second week of the semester, as full solutions and discussions on tutorials material may not be available on MyUni. Students who have a valid reason for non-attendance should contact the lecturer/tutor for tutorial feedback. Assessable weekly tutorial exercises are provided primarily to improve your understanding of the course’s material, via stimulating your interest in this course.

    A sound understanding (beyond superficial learning) and interest in the subject matter will be beneficial to end of semester exams and beyond. Students who attend the tutorials are expected to mark and critique their own work in the tutorials, by bringing a photocopy/printed copy of their work. Students are also urged to make a second copy of tutorial exercises for backup in the event of lost assessments. To benefit most from these tutorials, you should come well prepared and should already have attempted/submitted the tutorial exercises.

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

    The University anticipates full-time students (i.e. those taking 12 units per semester) to devote a total of 48 hours per week to their studies. This means that you are likely to need to commit approximately 9 hours for a three-unit course or 13 hours for a four-unit course, of private study outside of your regular attendance in classes.

    Students in this course are expected to attend all classes.
    Learning Activities Summary

    Topic 1- Introduction; risk vs. return

    Topic 2- Creating value with risk management

    Topic 3- Value-at-Risk (VAR) and expected shortfall

    Topic 4- Market risk: Historical Simulation, Extreme Value Theory and Model Building Approach

    Topic 5- Credit Risk I: Estimating Default Probabilities

    Topic 6- Credit Risk II: Credit Value at Risk

    Topic 7- Operational Risk

    Topic 8- Practice of integrated risk management I: Economic Capital and RAROC

    Topic 9- Practice of integrated risk management II: Enterprise Risk Management & Risk Management Mistakes to Avoid
  • 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
    Assessment Weighting Related Learning Outcome
    Weekly Tutorial Exercises
    (2 random tutorial collection during the semester, 10% each)
    20% 1 to 5
    Online Test 1 10% 1 to 3
    Online Test 2 10% 1 to 4

    Final exam (3 hours, closed book)

    60% 1 to 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    The following additional conditions apply:
    1. To gain a pass in this course, a mark of at least 45% must be obtained in the final examination as well as a total of at least 50% overall. Students who fail to achieve the minimum examination mark will be awarded no more than 49%.
    2. Legible handwriting and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. You may lose marks in the examination due to poor handwriting.
    3. Students in this course are not permitted to take a dictionary (English or English-Foreign) into the examination.
    4. The use of a non-programmable calculator is permitted in this course.
    Assessment Detail

    1. Weekly Tutorial Exercises

    There will be a series of questions on topics, which are covered in the most recent lecture.

    Each group (maximum of 3 members) will be required to write the full solutions of the weekly tutorial exercises. The group work must be submitted by Mondays 09:00am in the tutorial week through the assigned Dropbox on MyUni.

    See MyUni for specific details.

    The lecturer will RANDOMLY mark TWO tutorial exercises.

    As you can change your group every week, each submitted work must include the group members’ full names and their student IDs in the cover page. It is your responsibility to allocate the shared work between your group members. All of the group members will receive the same mark for the marked tutorial exercises. The lecturer will not be involved in the arrangement of the shared work in any group.

    2. Online tests

    Online Test 1: Multiple choice questions, and/or analytical problems based on all materials covered in lectures and tutorials from Week 1 to Week 5 inclusive.

    Online Test 2: Multiple choice questions, and/or analytical problems based on all materials covered in lectures and tutorials from Week 7 to Week 10 inclusive.

    3. Final examination

    Will be a 3 hour closed book exam and will be held during the examination period.
    Notes on Assessment
    1. All set work including assignments and class test must be provided by the due date and must be genuine attempts, to complete the course.
    2. Legible hand-writing (for in class test and exam) and the quality of English expression are considered to be integral parts of the assessment process. You may not gain marks because of poor hand-writing, poor presentation and/or poor grammar.  Presentation and grammar are of high importance for the assignment.
    3. Assessment marks prior to the final exam will be displayed on MyUni.  Students are encouraged to check their marks and notify the lecturer-in-charge of any discrepancies.
    4. Any assignment submitted after the advised due date will incur a penalty of 10% of the total available mark per calendar day.
    Presentation of Assignments
    • Retain a copy of all assignments submitted.
    • All group assignments, if submitted via MyUni, will be deemed to comply with the University's policy on academic conduct through the act of submission.
    • All group assignments, if submitted manually, 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.
    Assignment Guidelines including Referencing Details
    A copy of the Communication Skills Guide will have been given to you at the beginning of your program. This guide will assist you structure your assignments. The 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 the preferred style of referencing for this course. 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 in 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. Other assignments or too much work are considered not to be valid 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.

    Return of Assignments
    Every attempt is made to return assignments to students within two (2) weeks of the due date. Written feedback will be provided for each assignment. Students are responsible for collecting their marked assignments from the professions hub.

    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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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  • Policies & Guidelines
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