Singapore University of Social Sciences

Financial Technologies and Innovations (FIN383)

Applications Open: 01 October 2019

Applications Close: 30 November 2019

Next Available Intake: January 2020

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Finance

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed


Synopsis

This course examines the origins of Financial Technology (FinTech) and its role in transforming the financial services landscape since the global financial crisis in 2008. Students will learn how the financial services sector is being changed and transformed by new and evolving digital technologies. Topics included in the course are digital currencies, payment innovations, crowdfunding, block chain technologies, big data, robo-advisors, FinTech startups, and regulatory challenges. The course serves to prepare students to recognise the significance of the new technologies, the future of financial services and the role of stakeholders in the FinTech space.The course will also expose students to the use of a computational platform, Python, to develop/automate investment strategies and measure investment performance that are inherent in a robo-advisor business.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every January

Topics

  • Digital banking and the future of banks
  • P2P network loans
  • Crowdfunding and other alternative financing
  • The payment innovations
  • Big data and data analytics
  • Cryptocurrency and Initial Coin Offering
  • Blockchain technology
  • Rise of FinTech development in China
  • Financial inclusion
  • Regulatory Challenges in FinTech
  • Digital asset class and alternative investment
  • Robo advisors and automation of investment strategies using Python programing

Learning Outcome

  • Explain how technology and regulation are impacting financial services, and the drivers behind this trend
  • Compare different classes of financial information systems such as payment systems, funds transfer networks, trading and settlement systems
  • Discuss the alternative forms of financing and the features of crowdfunding
  • Appraise the evolution of digital currencies with blockchain technologies
  • Assess the information provided by big data and the importance of data analytics
  • Examine the opportunities and challenges faced by FinTech startups
  • Practice the essential knowledge and interpersonal skills to work effectively in a team
  • Demonstrate proficiency in writing
  • Develop the use of Python to automate investment decisions and return indicators regarding investment performance.
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