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RSM2306H – Options and Futures Markets

General Information


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Applicable Major(s):
(c) = Core, (r) = Recommended

  • Funds Management (r)
  • Investment Banking (r)
  • Real Estate (r)
  • Risk Management and Financial Engineering (c)

Target Audience

Students who expect to work in finance or who would like to learn to use derivatives-based tools in personal trading and investing or who somehow have certain interest in derivatives markets. RSM 2306 is a core course for the Risk Management and Financial Engineering major.


12 sessions over 6 weeks with two classes per week.

Course Mission

The objective is to provide a well-balanced, practically useful introductory course on derivatives. It emphasizes hands-on learning through a group-based project in trading options and futures. This course is the first of a three-course sequence in risk management and financial engineering. The coverage includes an extensive set of concepts, core theories and analytical tools, providing the basis for the other two courses in this sequence: Advanced Derivatives (RSM 2307) and Risk Management and Financial Engineering (RSM2308).

Course Scope

This course covers options, forwards, futures, and swaps. By the end of the course, students will have good knowledge of how these contracts work, how they are used, and how they are priced. They will also gain hands-on experience through an RPM hedge fund project that is oriented to trading derivatives.    

Evaluation and Grade Distribution

Assignment 1Group5%
Assignment 2Individual10%
Assignment 3Group10%
Hedge Fund Trading ProjectGroup25%
Final ExamAt end of course (check course page/schedule)50%

Required Resources

The textbook is “Options, Futures, and Other Derivatives” by John Hull, 11th edition.

Last Updated: 2022-01-25 @ 11:45 am