FINC312-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Derivative Securities

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


An introduction to the use, analysis and pricing of derivative securities, including options, futures and swaps.

The purpose of the paper is to equip students with knowledge about these products, i.e., how they are priced, valued, and how they can be used for arbitraging, speculation and hedging purposes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how markets for derivative products operate.
  • Be able to price and value various futures, forwards, swaps and basic options
  • Be able to use these products for speculative, hedging and arbitraging purposes.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


(1) FINC201; and (2) MATH101 or
MATH102 or



Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Beatrice Tinsley 112
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
03 Thursday 16:00 - 17:00 James Logie 105
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
02 Wednesday 18:30 - 21:30 A1 Lecture Theatre
26 Apr - 2 May

Course Coordinator

Jedrzej Bialkowski


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 50%
Group assignment 20%
Mid-Term Test 30%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $831.00

International fee $3,875.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Economics and Finance .

All FINC312 Occurrences

  • FINC312-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021