Advanced Derivative Securities

Subject FNCE90005 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Seminars, lectures and tutorials totalling 3 hours per week
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours per semester


Either FNCE30007 Derivative Securities and FNCE40002 Advanced Investments or admission into the Master of Commerce – Finance.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Arbitrage bounds, stock price dynamics, geometric Brownian motion and Itos Lemma, Cox-Ross-Rubinstein binomial model, Black-Scholes model, risk neutral valuation, forwards and futures, currency, stock index, futures and exotic options, Interest rate derivative securities.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:Explain the role of arbitrage as a basis for determining the prices of financial securities;

  • Compare the various dynamics of stock price and interest rate models;
  • Explain the derivation of key option pricing models including the Cox-Ross-Rubinstein Binomial model and the Black-Scholes model;
  • Analyse the use of arbitrage pricing techniques to value other classes of derivative securities including forwards, futures, swaps and interest rate derivatives;
  • Analyse the theoretical limitations of key pricing models and on practical difficulties which arise in their implementation.
  • Use statistical software to compute prices of financial instruments according to key pricing models such as the Black-Scholes model.
  • Interpret and analyse market data using statistical software to generate inputs for pricing models and to value derivative portfolios.

  • 3-hour end-of-semester examination (70%)
  • 3000 word assignment, or equivalent, due in Weeks 10-12 (30%)
Prescribed Texts:

You will be advised of prescribed texts by your lecturer.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Collaborative learning
  • Problem solving
  • Team work
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Application of theory to practice
  • Interpretation and analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Synthesis of data and other information
  • Evaluation of data and other information
  • Using computer software
Related Course(s): Doctor of Philosophy - Business and Economics
Master of Commerce (Finance)

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