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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Financial Technology Entrepreneurship
Module Code EF5187
School DCUBS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Michael Dowling
Semester 2: Michael Dowling
Autumn: Michael Dowling
Module TeachersMichael Dowling
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Reassessment will follow a similar pattern to primary assessment, with individual versions of any groupwork.

Financial Technology Entrepreneurship is an immersive Semester 1 module designed to equip students with the foundational knowledge and skills essential for launching and managing startups in the rapidly evolving FinTech sector. The course amalgamates critical aspects of entrepreneurial theory with practical applications, focusing on innovation, organizational agility, and change management. Aligned with Ireland's national 'Ireland for Finance' strategy, the module develops crucial capabilities in Human Experience Skills, Reimagination Skills, and Pivoting Skills, facilitating adaptability in a dynamic financial landscape. Furthermore, this module serves as an invaluable primer for career development, enhancing job readiness by offering experiential learning opportunities and skill-building exercises.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to critically evaluate various opportunities in the FinTech startup ecosystem, assessing their viability and potential impact on the market.
2. Students will synthesize knowledge of financial technologies, business strategy, and market demands to design and implement a comprehensive business model for a FinTech startup.
3. Students will demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing technological landscapes and market conditions, employing effective change management strategies in a FinTech setting.
4. Students will develop the ability to articulate and communicate innovative FinTech ideas effectively to diverse stakeholders, including team members, investors, and clients.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars18Reflective learning environments to provide guidance on course content. (alternative delivery mode to formal lectures)
Workshop18Practice-oriented project work, held each week, to emphasis the practical meaning of seminar material through applied project work
Workshop18Industry workshop - industry guided project implementation
Assignment Completion76Work related to assignments
Independent Study57.5Work to prepare for classes
Total Workload: 187.5

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
PresentationPitch deck presentation: Students will prepare and deliver a 5-10 minute pitch deck for a FinTech startup concept, targeting potential investors.20%Week 3
Report(s)Change management report: Students will write a case study analysis on a FinTech company that had to navigate significant change or disruption, examining the strategies used and proposing alternative solutions.20%Week 6
Group presentationBusiness model canvas: Groups will construct a detailed business model canvas for their startup idea, articulating value propositions, customer segments, channels, and revenue streams.30%Week 9
Report(s)Students will develop a comprehensive business plan for the startup idea from their group project. The plan should demonstrate how the startup will navigate the complexities of the FinTech landscape, from regulatory challenges to scaling the business.30%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

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    Programme or List of Programmes
    GDFTIGrad Dip Financial Tech and Innovation

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