Financial Risk Management - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Group (10-20%) , Invigilated Exam - (50-60%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,893.00
HECS 1,324.00
International 3,143.00

The overall aims of this unit of study are to enable students to be able to analyse the sources of financial risk as well as the importance of implementing effective financial risk management procedures in business entities. Students will also learn to how to mitigate financial risks using a variety of financial derivatives.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

After successfully completing this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse the sources of financial risk and the importance of implementing effective financial risk management procedures in business entities
  2. Analyse how futures and forward markets operate and be able to calculate theoretical forward and futures prices and values
  3. Analyse and apply a variety of hedging and trading strategies using options.
  4. Evaluate hedging strategies using forwards, futures, options and swaps to hedge identified financial risks in currencies, interest rates, commodities and shares and to evaluate the outcomes of these strategies
  5. Evaluate the need for sound financial risk management policies and procedures in organisations and to make ethical decisions.
  • Assignment 1 — Group (10-20%)
  • Invigilated Exam — (50-60%)
  • Test — (30-40%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to financial risk management
2Futures and forwards - pricing, valuation and their use in hedging financial risk
3Options - option types, option payoffs, principles of option pricing, option strategies, hedging with options
4Interest rate and foreign currency swaps.
5Interest rate derivatives, using interest rate caps and collars for hedging
6Credit derivatives - credit default swaps (CDS); collateralised debt obligations (CDO)
7Financial risk management policies and procedures, ethics and governance

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  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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