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Unit information: Derivatives in 2021/22

Unit name Derivatives
Unit code EFIM30028
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Balint Horvath
Open unit status Not open

50% in Principles of Finance (EFIM20044)


50% Asset Markets (EFIM20043)


EFIM30019 Financial Markets (not relevant for BSc Finance students)

School/department School of Accounting and Finance
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces some of the most commonly traded and used financial derivatives: futures, forwards, swaps and options.

The unit covers

  • the properties of futures, forwards, swaps and options;
  • how they are used for risk management purposes;
  • trading strategies involving options;
  • basic principles of pricing derivatives, such as the no arbitrage condition and risk neutrality;
  • binomial trees to price derivatives;
  • the Black-Scholes option pricing formula.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a student will:

  • understand the terms and properties of derivatives contracts;
  • understand how various derivatives are used for risk hedging;
  • be able to price futures and forwards contracts;
  • be able to price European and American put and call options using the Black-Scholes formula and binomial trees.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities

Assessment Information

This unit will be assessed by 100% exam


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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