Financial Engineering

Subject FNCE90033 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

March, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 07-Mar-2015 to 14-Mar-2015
Assessment Period End 04-Apr-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 09-Mar-2015
Census Date 13-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 27-Mar-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This intensive subject is taught over 18 hours
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 60 hours per semester


FNCE90011 Derivative Securities. This subject is only available to those students who would satisfy the entry criteria for the Master of Applied Finance or who have already completed 100 points in the Master of Finance or who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Finance in full.

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


Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Kevin Davis


Melbourne Business School @ Berkeley Street
Level 4, 198 Berkeley Street
Telephone: +61 3 8344 1670

Subject Overview:

Financial engineering principles, valuation techniques, tax and regulatory issues involved in product development, analysis of specific products such as: Victorian Equity Trust, Tascorp Equity Bonds, Market Index Deposits, Converting Preference Shares, Convertible Notes, IOs - POs, Lyons.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Apply financial engineering techniques to develop new financial instruments;
  • Provide advice on, and suggest methods for, overcoming a range of financing and agency problems in corporate finance and funds management;
  • Analyse causes of financial market imperfections and opportunities for developing innovative financial solutions;
  • Derive pricing models for a variety of innovative financial instruments;
  • Develop hypotheses which can explain and help predict the success or failure of innovative financial instruments.
  • 1500 word assignment or equivalent, due within two weeks of the end of the teaching period (30%);
  • 2-hour final examination (70%).
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 & analysis
  • Critical thinking
  • Synthesis of data and other information
  • Evaluation of data and other information
  • Using computer software
  • Accessing data and other information from a range of sources
Related Course(s): Master of Applied Finance
Master of Finance

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