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MANG6395 Blockchain Technology and Cryptocurrency Investment

Module Overview

This course will explore the architecture of Blockchain technology that is rapidly changing the landscape of the financial industry and beyond. Countless applications are being explored in payments, insurance, lending, fund raising, settlement of securities transactions and contract execution. Cryptocurrencies, one of the most popular uses of blockchain, are explored in detail. The module will present technical concepts at a high level suitable for students whose main interest is finance and the financial applications of blockchain. There will be dedicated discussions of a design of optimal investment strategy in cryptocurrency market. Investment under uncertainty has a got a new dimension with the advent of cryptocurrency. Unravelling the investment strategy of cryptocurrency is like a gospel, as the world economy is preparing steadily for the establishment of a new crypto-market and legalising the same within the monetary system. However, there are veritable challenges in investment in cryptocurrencies – a majority of these challenges are just like a black box, with no easy solution to be found at present.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Blockchain technology and its application in financial services industry.
  • Cryptocurrencies and their technical and financial characteristics.
  • Investment opportunities and risks associated with the rapid growth of cryptocurrency markets.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse the potential usage of blockchain technology for financial services industry, weighing its pros and cons.
  • Advise investors on a suitable strategy for Blockchain adoption and cryptocurrency investments.
  • Explain how investors can construct a cryptocurrency portfolio and develop a successful trading strategy in the cryptocurrency markets.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Write effectively for business purposes.
  • Manage individual tasks, personal resources and time effectively.
  • Interpret and analyse quantitative data related to business issues, using appropriate financial and/or statistical skills and models to solve problems.

Syllabus

This module contains ten topics: - Blockchain and distributed ledger technology - Applications of Blockchain - Technological aspects of cryptocurrencies - Bitcoin and beyond: cryptocurrency classification - Financial characteristics of cryptocurrencies - Opportunities and risks of cryptocurrency investments - Cryptocurrency portfolio and diversification strategies - Regulatory, legal and environmental aspects - Fintech adoption and its implications for finance service industry - Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Taking into account the excellence of the Southampton Business School in Digital Finance research, this module will incorporate research-led teaching, where leaners can benefit from cutting edge research results in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Investments. Learners will get access to Bloomberg terminal and all main global financial databases, and will be able to apply their knowledge to practice and acquire essential skills to support their careers in finance related industries. All classes will have interactive element and the effective dialogue between learners and teaching staff will be established. Plenty of opportunities for reflection and feedback will be provided.

TypeHours
Teaching30
Independent Study70
Total study time100

Assessment

Formative

In-class formative opportunities

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual report 100%
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