Courses & Units

Derivative Securities BEA380


In this face-to-face and flexible delivery unit, we develop an understanding of one of the fastest growing types of financial markets - those of derivative securities. They are called derivative securities because they ‘derive’ their value from the value of something else—an underlying right or interest. Underlying rights or interests (or assets in general) include (a) bonds or loans, which involve interest rate, credit, and currency risks, and (b) commodities and equities, which involve price risks. Underlying rights can also be groups of assets, such as equity or commodity indexes, or relationships between prices, such as the spread between two benchmarks. Derivatives securities play an important role in risk management.


Unit name Derivative Securities
Unit code BEA380
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Finance
Coordinator Doctor Richard Mawulawoe Ahadzie
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the concept of options, forwards, futures and swaps and their markets.
  • Analyse the mechanics of options, forwards, futures and swaps and apply to real world situations.
  • Calculate the prices of options, forwards, futures and swaps.
  • Work cooperatively in teams.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
081105 $1,892.00 $1,482.00 not applicable $2,837.00

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BFA107 or BEA112


Teaching Pattern Tuition Pattern Details Activity Type Duration Frequency Lectures 2 hours Weekly Face-to-Face Workshops (On-campus students) 3 hours 4 times (Semester) Online Workshops (Distance Students) 1 hour 12 times (Semester)  


AssessmentOnline Test 1 (20%)|Online test 2 (20%)|Final Exam (40%)|Group Assignment (20%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:

An Introduction to Derivative Securities, Financial Markets, and Risk Management (2nd Edition) by (author): Robert Jarrow (Cornell University, USA) and Arkadev Chatterjea (Indiana University, USA). Pages: 772 | July 2019. ISBN: 9781944659653 (paperback).


: Baz, J. & Chacko, G.K. (2009), Financial Derivatives: Pricing, Applications, and Mathematics (Paperback), Cambridge University Press.

Cox, J. & Rubinstein, M. (1985), Options Markets, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey.

Dubofsky, D.A. (1992), Options and Financial Futures: Valuation and Uses, McGraw-Hill, New York.

Hull, J.C. et all (2013). Fundamentals of Futures and Options Markets: Australasian edition, Pearson Australia.

Kolb, R.W. (1997), Futures, Options and Swaps, Blackwell Business Publishers, 2nd edn, Malden.

McDonald, R. L. (2009), Fundamentals of Derivatives Markets. Prentice Hall, Boston.

Strong, R.A. & Jeyasreedharan, N. (2017). Understanding Derivatives: Options, Futures, Swaps, MBSs, CDOs and Others (First Edition), Tilde Publishing and Distribution, Prahan.

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