Module Catalogues

Fundamentals Of Financial Technology

Module Title Fundamentals Of Financial Technology
Module Level Level 2
Module Credits 5.00
Academic Year 2023/24
Semester SEM2

Aims and Fit of Module

The aim of this module is to provide a critical overview and awareness of the innovative use of technology in the design and delivery of new financial services and products. It will provide students with an understanding of the updated technologies underlying the financial markets, .e.g. cryptocurrencies, robot financing, blockchain, digital banking and payment, as well as their broader ecosystem etc. The students will develop the ability of critically evaluating disruptive technologies currently being used by FinTech organisations and assessing the impact of disruptive technologies on the wider financial services and markets. It will differentiate traditional financial systems from the alternatives being offered by current FinTech development.

Learning outcomes

Students completing the module successfully should be able to: CODE A Demonstrate understandings of current technologies transforming the financial industry and recognise their potential to create new financial services and products. B Identify different products and services involved in the FinTech financial ecosystem. C Show interpretation of GDPR and the Big Data phenomenon in the context of FinTech and explore ethical issues facing FinTech organisations. D Demonstrate understandings of the importance of appropriate regulatory policy and compliance for FinTech industry and appreciate the economic and business environment for the development of FinTech companies. E Formulate alternative strategies to problem solving under a range of different circumstances. F Evaluate the benefits and risks of disruptive innovations in financial technology, e.g., blockchain, cryptocurrency, digital banking.

Method of teaching and learning

The overall teaching strategy is that learning sets will be used as the basis for problem-based learning scenarios designed to include case studies, class-based activities, research articles and web-based materials. Students will be encouraged to draw upon and share their diverse cultural and managerial experiences. An underlying principle of the learning and teaching strategy is to develop students as reflective practitioners and to encourage engagement with continuous professional development. Students will have directed reading from the texts and other sources and their learning is reinforced with exercises and seminars following each week’s lecture. The mid-semester group report will provide both summative and formative assessment and the formative element is also supported by regular practice in class. Students are encouraged to link their studies on this module to their wider work on the emerging financial technology and innovation studies. In the case study sessions, which are included in the seminar, students will learn how to assess the viability of a FinTech business model and critically evaluate the benefits and risks of disruptive innovations in FinTech, from both a micro and macro-economic perspective.