BE332-6-FY-KS:
Options and Futures

The details
2024/25
Essex Business School
Kaplan Singapore
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
15
04 October 2022

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

BE331, BE631

Key module for

BSC N420JS Accounting and Finance,
BSC N420NS Accounting and Finance,
BSC N390JS Banking and Finance,
BSC N390NS Banking and Finance

Module description

The primary purpose of this module is to provide the student with the basic knowledge about options and futures, with five weeks allocated to each. For both halves of the module, we start off by defining the respective derivative contract, continue on to examining in detail how it is traded and then delve into its pricing and risk management/trading applications. The module is highly quantitative, with a total of nine weekly classes intended to go over a large quantity of numerical problems.

Module aims

The primary aim of this module is to give the students a good basic understanding of option, forward and futures contracts. Derivatives’ payoffs, their pricing and their uses in hedging will be main focus.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

• Describe futures and options contracts with precision
• Place within the context of credit risk mitigation the mechanics of how futures and options markets operate
• Identify an appropriate futures or options-based strategy to fulfil an investment objective
• Determine equilibrium futures contract prices
• Use binomial trees and the Black-Scholes model to price options.
• Quantify and manage portfolio risk exposure using option deltas.

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

UAnalytical Domain
Academic and Cognitive Skills
A1 Synthesis and bringing together concepts and ideas
A3 Evaluation of evidence
A4 Creative problem solving
Data Analysis Skills
D1 Analysing quantitative data
D3 Analysing financial data
D4 Analysing Academic literature
Finance Skills
F1 Understand concepts and methodologies used to explain the behaviour of different financial market participants and the functioning of different financial market types F2 Apply key concepts and methodologies used to explain the behaviour of different financial market participants and the functioning of different financial market types

Learning and teaching methods

The module material will be delivered in the following way: * 2 hours of lectures per week; * Weekly workshops.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: Remote, Open Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
30% 70%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Luiz Vitiello, email: lrviti@essex.ac.uk.
ebsugcol@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
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External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.

 

Further information
Essex Business School

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