Grading will be based on the total score out of 100, in line with CEU’s standard grading guidelines.
- Class Participation and problem solving (20%)
- Assignment (report + presentation) (30%)
- Final project (report + presentation) (50%).
For minimum pass in the course, the student has to make nontrivial contribution to each assessment component.
Class participation and problem solving
Class participation includes attendance, attitude, and active participation in diccussions. For the second and third classmeeting reading material will be assigned so that students can be “prepared” to be called on. However, it is useful to note in advance that there are often no “right” answers, every angle, every new approach to a problem can provide useful pointers for in-class learning.
The group assignment is linked to understanding different trading platforms’, technological advancement in the traditional financial services. A list of suggested group assignment topics are provided, including, OTC and/or centralized trading/lending/investing platforms. Students also have the flexibility to suggest their own topic as long as it is discussed and approved by lecturer. The key objective is to analyze the supporting technology innovation and the costs and benefits for users and the society. The assignment submission requirement: PPT or PDF presentation slides, a 5-6 minutes recording of presentation, and the same presentations in class with Q&A, with a short 3-5 pages of summary report of the learning points, and reflection upon feedback after class. The report is due 3 days after the class to allow for the incorporation of feedbacks from the class.
Final project (report)
The final project is a case study of an assigned (or selected) payment system. The project presentation is in 2 steps. The first part is strategic evaluation of the payment system and the second part is planning a geographic expansion (or shift from B2B to B2C or vice versa) addressing, geopolitical, regulatory and social challenges in additional to the economic challenges. Student groups are required to submit the first part of the project the night before the final class, 4-5 slides summary and present in class in maximum 5 minutes. In class after additional brainstorming and class discussion the groups present the second part of their findings. In class after the presentations, groups will receive constructive critiques and suggestion and expected to submit the final summary report within 5 days after the last class.