# DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2015/2016

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# Postgraduate Course: Derivatives Markets (MATH11056)

 School School of Mathematics College College of Science and Engineering Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Availability Not available to visiting students SCQF Credits 7.5 ECTS Credits 3.75 Summary This course will provide students with systematic understanding of and critical awareness of the practice of financial markets. This course is only available to students on the MSc Financial Mathematics programme. Course description Introduction Forward contracts, European and American options, over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives Options: basics, strategies and profit diagrams Properties of derivative prices: forward pricing with and without dividends, put-call parity Futures contracts Bond and interest-rate derivatives Exotic options Counterparty credit risk
 Pre-requisites Co-requisites Prohibited Combinations Other requirements MSc Financial Mathematics students only.
 Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None Course Start Semester 1 Timetable Timetable Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 75 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 52 ) Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Examination takes place at Heriot-Watt University. Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 % Additional Information (Assessment) See 'Breakdown of Assessment Methods' and 'Additional Notes' above. Feedback Not entered Exam Information Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May) Derivatives Markets and Derivative Pricing & Financial Modelling 3:00
 On completion of this course the student should, - understand the process and requirements of trading in derivatives contracts; - be able to compare and contrast the features of the main derivatives contracts; - understand the main uses of derivatives in hedging, arbitrage and speculation; - have a critical understanding of the features, including risks, associated with derivative products; - have a conceptual understanding of the main types of derivatives products and their usage; - follow complex lines of reasoning and financial concepts; - be able to calculate fair prices of forward contracts; - demonstrate an awareness of the practical aspects involved in the trading of derivatives contracts; - possess the knowledge required to work with derivative products in the financial industry; - understand the features of the most common derivatives; - have gained familiarity with the derivative products industry; - understand the context within which market professionals work; - be able to find problem solutions in groups; - be able to plan and organize self-study and independent learning; - have an awareness of the financial risks associated with derivative products; - have the ability to accurately calculate prices; - be able to communicate effectively problem solutions to peers.
 Hull, J. C. (2005). Options, Futures and Other Derivatives, 6th edition. Prentice Hall.
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 Course organiser Dr Sotirios Sabanis Tel: (0131 6)50 5084 Email: S.Sabanis@ed.ac.uk Course secretary Mr Thomas Robinson Tel: (0131 6)50 4885 Email: Thomas.Robinson@ed.ac.uk
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