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Course, academic year 2018/2019
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FinTech and Blockchain - JEM205
Title in English: FinTech and Blockchain
Guaranteed by: Institute of Economic Studies (23-IES)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2018 to 2018
Semester: summer
Points: 2
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: summer s.:combined
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:6/0 Ex [hours/semester]
Capacity: 97 / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík, CSc.
Gonul Colak, Ph.D.
PhDr. Lenka Šťastná, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): Gonul Colak, Ph.D.
prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík, CSc.
Last update: doc. PhDr. Martin Gregor, Ph.D. (11.02.2019)
This course covers recent developments in the area of financial innovation (FINTECH), such as Blockchain, digital currencies, peer-to-peer method of identifying ownership, and smart contracts. Its goal is to briefly analyze the emergence of Blockchain and related innovations as highly disruptive technologies for the financial industry, business laws, accounting and central banking. We will cover various related topics such as the nature of money, legacy payment and banking, basics of crypto technology, digital currency systems, peer-to-peer transactions, governance and regulation of emerging technologies, double entry bookkeeping, and financial exchanges. We will also focus on several digital currencies, their “intrinsic value,” the reasons for their recent popularity, and the microstructure of their trading.
Aim of the course
Last update: Ing. Dagmar Schnellerová (06.02.2019)

After completing the course, the students will be able to understand the nature of Blockchain technology, discuss the FINTECH applications currently being explored for a wide variety of uses and functions, examine why peer-to-peer method of identifying ownership and network based bookkeeping creates a form of trust, analyze the reasons behind the popularity of stateless digital currencies and discuss their implications for the future of the monetary policy set by a country’s central bank, apprehend the regulatory and governance challenges facing corporations, central banks, trading exchanges, and various government institutions dealing with this disruptive technology, illustrate how various corporations and banks try to co-opt the Blockchain technology into their existing business models, understand how the Initial Currency Offerings (ICOs) work and discuss why recently they became a popular form of external financing for some firms.

Last update: doc. PhDr. Martin Gregor, Ph.D. (11.02.2019)

Schedule: a compact course in May 29- 31 2019, Room 314, 14-17

Course completion requirements
Last update: doc. PhDr. Martin Gregor, Ph.D. (11.02.2019)

A final written exam with open-ended questions.

Grades will be determined by the standard grading policy.

Entry requirements
Last update: doc. PhDr. Martin Gregor, Ph.D. (11.02.2019)

It is expected that participating students have basic knowledge of computer technologies, financial institutions, accounting, and business law. As such, the course is more suitable for master students and some exceptional senior level undergraduates.

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