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Postgraduate Course: Learning by Action in FinTech (CMSE11439)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
- This course aims to provide hands-on experience and knowledge of Fintech and venture building.
- This course will cover Artificial intelligence and Blockchain, and encourage students to explore those technologies in developing their business ideas.
- This course is deliverer over two-semesters, with first semester used for building knowledge base and the second semester for building a Proof of Concept (POC) level product
- Accelerator model included for funding
- Students or teams will be required to develop (finance) business ideas that will be evaluated by professionals and investors.
- Investors and VCs will be invited to invest in those projects.
Course description Academic Description
The course aims to provide hands-on experience and knowledge of venture building in the FinTech space. It will cover how two main technologies (Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain) are being deployed to solve problems and create new products. In addition, it will encourage students to explore those technologies with a view to using them in developing their business ideas in the finance sector. It includes an accelerator model for funding individual students or teams of students who come up with innovative FinTech-related business ideas; students will be required to develop business ideas as part of the course; the proposals and pitches will be evaluated by professionals and investors working with Deepbase. Investors and VCs, including Deepbase, will be invited to invest in those projects.

Outline Content
The course will cover the following over seven four-hour sessions:
- In depth overview of finance/banking industry
- FinTech trends
- Artificial intelligence and FinTech
- Blockchain and FinTech
- Regulatory environment and issues in FinTech
- Entrepreneurial Thinking/Business model
- Business incubation/Funding

Student Learning Experience
Teaching will take the form of class lectures, interactive tutorial sessions and guest lectures/appearances by business leaders in FinTech. Much of the learning will be the result of students' own reading and reflection, and preparation for lectures and development of a POC Level product (working in groups) or otherwise. A high level of student participation is expected, through discussion in class and working in groups. Scholarly endeavour is fundamentally about building on the discoveries and insights of others, and we hope that team co-operation will enrich all students. There will be time for questions and discussion in class at all times.

Lectures and seminars across seven weeks in the first semester. In the second semester, a presentations session will be organised to give students opportunities to present and receive feedback on the POC level products.
21 hours of lectures. 7 hours of seminars.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements For MSc Finance, Technology and Policy students.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop a critical understanding of the evolution of FinTech trends and exploit them for product development and funding of business ideas
  2. Critically assess new technologies, including AI and Blockchain, deployed within the FinTech space.
  3. Develop a Proof of Concept (POC) Level product.
  4. Execute a product-centred start-up programme.
Reading List
No texts are required for this course. Reading materials (case studies) will be provided on a session-by-session basis.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and understanding:
- A critical awareness of the complexities that exist when exploiting technologies to develop solutions/products in FinTech.

Practice: Applied knowledge, skills and understanding:
- Apply skills learned on the course and other MSc Finance, Technology & Policy courses in a variety of financial application settings.

Generic cognitive skills:
- Engaging with new ideas and be able to detect false logic by leveraging available resources

Communication, ICT and numeracy skills:
- Presentation of reasonable and data-supported arguments

Autonomy, accountability and working with others:
- Effectively managing time and workload demands within a dynamic and challenging work environment
- Competently communicating and exchanging ideas within different contexts and to audiences of varied compositions
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Course organiserDr Gbenga Ibikunle
Tel: (0131 6)51 5186
Course secretaryMiss Yvonne Stewart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5333
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