• Class Number 3976
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ding Ding
    • Dr Ding Ding
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

This unit is designed to further students’ understanding of futures and options contracts and their use in managing risk. It builds upon material covered in FINM1001FINM2002 provides an overview of options, futures, forwards and swaps on a range of underlying assets/commodities including stocks, interest rates, foreign exchange as well as more exotic instruments such as weather and electricity derivatives. The models used for pricing these instruments will be covered as well as techniques used for risk management. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Articulate options, futures, forwards, and swaps on a range of underlying assets/commodities.
  2. Explain and be able to utilise option trading strategies.
  3. Critically analyse the types of assets/commodities used including stocks, interest rates, foreign exchange as well as exotic instruments and weather and electricity derivatives.
  4. Use various models to price forward, futures, swap and option contracts.
  5. Use these pricing models for risk management.
  6. Collect, process, interpret and communicate the outcomes of financial problems.

Research-Led Teaching

Students undertaking this course will be taught fundamental skills in Finance that will be applied to many real life applications. Students will also be shown how these techniques are applied to research today.

Additional Course Costs

The only additional course costs are a non-programmable scientific calculator (not a financial calculator!).

Examination Material or equipment

Please see the Wattle course site for information on test and examination material. For Tests 1 and 2, this will be released by the end of weeks 4 and 8, respectively; and for the final exam, this will be released no later than week 10.

All tests and the final exam are Wattle-based. Please ensure you have reliable internet assess to Wattle throughout the duration of the tests and the exam and a calculator. The final exam is centrally scheduled through ANU Timetabling prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling.   

Required Resources

No required textbook.

Recommended textbook:

Hull, J., Treepongkaruna, S., Heaney, R., Pitt, D., and D. Colwell, Fundamentals of futures and options markets, 1st adaption, Pearson Education 2014. (i.e., The textbook readings are optional for this course. In addition, this textbook is available to students as a 2 hour or 2 day loan from ANU library. The text is also available in e-copy via the ANU Library https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b6460173).

Students are required to read pages 125-153 of the CFA Standards of Practice Handbook, Standard IV: Duties to Employers. This content will be discussed in Lecture 11. This document can be found at: https://www.cfainstitute.org/en/ethics/codes/standards-practice-handbook

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • ?in tutorials through interactions with tutors and discussions with other students;
  • through assessments where tutors will provide specific feedback;
  • through consulting teaching staff during their consultation time.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Other Information


Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed or be the same as the scaled mark of that student), and may be either up or down

Support for Students

The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/


If necessary, the lecturers and tutors for this course will contact students on their official ANU student email address. Information about your enrolment and fees from the Registrar and Student Services' office will also be sent to this email address. Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations. Notifications of emergency cancellations of lectures or tutorials will be posted on the door of the relevant room.

Assessment Requirements

As a further academic integrity control, students may be selected for a 15 minute individual oral examination of their written assessment submissions.

Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Topic: Course Overview and Extended Analysis of Forwards, Futures and Options Contracts Readings: Lecture Notes 1, Hull et al Ch. 1 & 2
2 Topic: Hedging Strategies Using Futures Readings: Lecture Notes 2, Hull et al Ch. 3 & 5 Tutorial 1 Questions
3 Topic: Interest Rate Contracts and Swaps Readings: Lecture Notes 3, Hull et al Ch. 4 & 7 Tutorial 2 Questions
4 Topic: Options and Options Trading Strategies Readings: Lecture Notes 4, Hull et al Ch. 9, 10 & 11 Tutorial 3 Questions
5 Topic: Binomial Model for Pricing Options Readings: Lecture Notes 5, Hull et al Ch. 12 Tutorial 4 Questions Test 1
6 Topic: Black-Scholes Model for Pricing Options Readings: Lecture Notes 6, Hull et al Ch. 13 Tutorial 5 Questions
7 Topic: Index and Foreign Exchange Options Readings: Lecture Notes 7, Hull et al Ch. 15 Tutorial 6 Questions
8 Topic: Options on Futures Contracts Readings: Lecture Notes 8, Hull et al Ch. 16 Tutorial 7 Questions
9 Topic: The Greek Letters Readings: Lecture Notes 9, Hull et al Ch. 17 Tutorial 8 Questions Test 2
10 Topic: Exotic Options and other Non-standard Products Readings: Lecture Notes 10, Hull et al Ch. 22 Tutorial 9 Questions
11 Topic: Credit, Weather, Energy and Insurance Derivatives and Derivatives Mishaps and Ethics in Risk Management Readings: Lecture Notes 11, Hull et al Ch. 23, 24 & 25 CFA Standards of Practice Handbook, Standard IV: Duties to Employers. pgs. 105-126 Tutorial 10 Questions
12 Topic: Review Readings: Lecture Notes 12 Tutorial 11 Questions
13 Examination period

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials commence in Week 2 of the semester. Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos. Students should enrol in their tutorial using MyTimetable. 

"ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage (https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling)".

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Test 1 (Wattle-based) 20 % 24/03/2023 31/03/2023 1-6
Test 2 (Wattle-based) 20 % 05/05/2023 19/05/2023 1-6
Final Examination 60 % 01/06/2023 29/06/2023 1-6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Course content delivery will take the form of weekly on-campus lectures (recorded and available via echo360 on Wattle), weekly live or pre-recorded workshops (recorded and available via echo360 on Wattle) and weekly tutorials, delivered in hybrid format (on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos). Weekly consultations with the lecturer and the tutor(s) will be conducted over Zoom.


Centrally administered examinations through Examinations, Graduations & Prizes will be timetabled prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 24/03/2023
Return of Assessment: 31/03/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1-6

Test 1 (Wattle-based)

• Test 1 will be held from 1pm to 2:30pm (Canberra time) on the Friday of Week 5.

• Test 1 will cover content from Week 1 through to 4 inclusive.

• The test is to be completed individually and typed within the Wattle interface.

• This test is worth 20% and redeemable towards the final exam.

• Access to course material available on the Wattle course site is permitted during the assessment; searching on the internet is not permitted.

• Specific details of the tests will be provided by the end of Week 4, with all information found on Wattle.

• The test will be reviewed in Week 6.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 05/05/2023
Return of Assessment: 19/05/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1-6

Test 2 (Wattle-based)

• Test 2 will be held from 1pm to 2:30pm (Canberra time) on the Friday of Week 9.

• Test 2 will cover content from Week 1 through to 8 inclusive.

• The test is to be completed individually and typed within the Wattle interface.

• The test is worth 20% and will be redeemable towards the final exam.

• Access to course material available on the Wattle course site is permitted during the assessment; searching on the internet is not permitted.

• Specific details of the tests will be provided by the end of Week 8, respectively, with all information found on Wattle.

• The test will be reviewed in Week 11.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 01/06/2023
Return of Assessment: 29/06/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1-6

Final Examination

The final examination will be a Wattle-based online typed exam during the university examination period at the end of the semester. The final examination will be 3 hours long and cover the entire syllabus. Access to course material available on the Wattle course site is permitted during the exam; searching on the internet is not permitted. The exam will be centrally timetabled and details of the final examination timetable will be made available on the ANU Timetabling website.

The final examination will be based on all the work covered throughout the semester. The final examination is worth 60% of the overall course grade, and more if one or both tests' percentage is redeemed. The final examination is to be completed individually. Proctorio will not be used in the final examination. Further information about the examination will be provided in class and on Wattle by week 10.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration of academic integrity outlined in the "Related Policies" section as part of the submission of your online assessments. Your assessment submissions will be checked for compliance with the university's academic integrity rules.

Hardcopy Submission

No hardcopy submission required.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Ding Ding

Research Interests

Corporate Finance, Firm Investments, Financial Markets

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