Curtin University logo

Undergraduate | CUR-BAN35 | 2024

Introduction to Derivative Securities

Course information for 2024 intake

View information for 2023 course intake

Take your first foray into derivative securities. These are usually a form of agreement to buy or sell an asset at a fixed price on or before a certain date. You’ll cover areas such as financial forwards and futures, swaps and model risk.

Study method
100% online
Subject may require attendance
Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
View 2023 dates
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
14 weeks

Price from


Upfront cost


HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP available

Introduction to Derivative Securities

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. comprehend the global derivatives market and the general use of derivative instruments
    2. apply derivative valuation and risk management technology
    3. analyse and solve practical problems in derivatives markets and extend the application to a larger scope such as health system efficiency evaluation, energy management, infrastructure derivatives pricing, farmers’ hedge against their harvest risk exposure using climate derivatives, and sustainable forest management
    4. innovate new derivative instruments as effective and impactful channels of maintaining environment and sociality sustainability

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:

and one of

Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s).

Additional requirements

No additional requirements

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

Single subject FAQs