• Class Number 6961
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Yichao Zhu
    • Yichao Zhu
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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

This course will cover methods which are applicable in both a research and practical context. Examples will be provided during the course of the semester which will demonstrate

the practical application of research based models.

Examination Material or equipment

Please see the Wattle course site for information on examination material. For mid-term exam, this will be released by the end of week 5; and for the final exam, this will be released

no later than week 10.

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.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Topic: Course Overview and Extended Analysis of Forwards, Futures and Options ContractsReadings: Lecture Notes 1, Hull et al Ch. 1 & 2
2 Topic: Hedging Strategies Using FuturesReadings: Lecture Notes 2, Hull et al Ch. 3 & 5
3 Topic: Interest Rate Contracts and SwapsReadings: Lecture Notes 3, Hull et al Ch. 4 & 7
4 Topic: Options and Options Trading StrategiesReadings: Lecture Notes 4, Hull et al Ch. 9, 10 & 11 Feedback to students
5 Topic: Binomial Model for Pricing OptionsReadings: Lecture Notes 5, Hull et al Ch. 12
6 Topic: Black-Scholes Model for Pricing OptionsReadings: Lecture Notes 6, Hull et al Ch. 13
7 Topic: Index and Foreign Exchange OptionsReadings: Lecture Notes 7, Hull et al Ch. 15 Mid-term assessment
8 Topic: Options on Futures ContractsReadings: Lecture Notes 8, Hull et al Ch. 16
9 Topic: The Greek LettersReadings: Lecture Notes 9, Hull et al Ch. 17
10 Topic: Exotic Options and other Non-standard ProductsReadings: Lecture Notes 10, Hull et al Ch. 22 Assignment due
11 Topic: Credit, Weather, Energy and Insurance Derivatives and Derivatives Mishaps and Ethics in Risk ManagementReadings: Lecture Notes 11, Hull et al Ch. 23, 24 & 25CFA Standards of Practice Handbook, Standard IV: Duties to Employers.
12 Topic: ReviewReadings: Lecture Notes 12

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials will start from Week 2 through to Week 12. Tutorials will be available on campus. 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
Feedback to students through a Wattle comprehensieve quiz 0 % 21/08/2023 27/08/2023 1,2,3,4,5,6
Mid-Term assessment 25 % 18/09/2023 29/09/2023 1,2,3,4,5
Assignment 10 % 13/10/2023 27/10/2023 1,2,3,4,5
Final Examination 65 % 02/11/2023 30/11/2023 1,2,3,4,5

* 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 and workshops (recorded and available via echo360 on Wattle), and weekly tutorials, all delivered on campus.


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


Assessment Task 1

Value: 0 %
Due Date: 21/08/2023
Return of Assessment: 27/08/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Feedback to students through a Wattle comprehensieve quiz

  • Students will be invited to attempt a Wattle comprehensive quiz in week 5.
  • This quiz does not count towards the final grade.
  • This quiz will be two-hour long and students can make multiple attempts.
  • Students will be given feedback based on their attempts in this quiz by the end of week 5.
  • Further information on the quiz will be made available no later than lecture in week 4.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 18/09/2023
Return of Assessment: 29/09/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Mid-Term assessment

  • The mid-term assessment is expected be held during Week 7.
  • The mid-term assessment will be held online on Wattle.
  • The mid-term exam will be two-hour long and will cover content from Week 1 through to 6 inclusive.
  • The mid-term exam is worth 25% and will be redeemable towards the final exam.
  • Specific details will be provided by the end of Week 5, with all information found on Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 13/10/2023
Return of Assessment: 27/10/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5


  • Due date: Friday 13 October 2023, by 5pm (Week 10), Canberra time.
  • The assignment is to be completed individually.
  • The assignment is worth 10% and is NOT redeemable.
  • An assignment handout will be provided on Wattle at the commencement of semester, with details elaborated in class.
  • The assignment is to be submitted electronically via Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 65 %
Due Date: 02/11/2023
Return of Assessment: 30/11/2023
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Final Examination

The final examination will be held on campus in-person

The final examination will be based on all the work covered throughout the duration of the semester. The final examination is worth 65% of the overall course grade, or 90% if the mid-term examination is redeemed.

The final examination will be three-hour long.

This is a centrally administered examination. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. Further information about the examination will be provided in class and on Wattle no later than 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.

Returning Assignments

The assignments will be returned via TurnitIn by the dates indicated in the Assessment Summary. If there is any change to this, an announcement will be made on Wattle.

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.

Resubmission of Assignments

No resubmission of assignments is allowed.

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).

Yichao Zhu

Research Interests

Asset pricing; Short selling; Fixed income; Financial institutions.

Yichao Zhu

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Yichao Zhu

Research Interests

Yichao Zhu

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