*Please note: This is the syllabus from the 2021/22 academic year and subject to change.*
Applied Financial Technology explores how we can leverage technology to implement financial constructs like asset prices, investments, valuation, and payments. Students can expect to participate in a class that is equal parts finance and technology. We will cover financial theory and then leverage technological tools available today to execute on these constructs and enhance our understanding of them.
The class is largely group-based, project-based and somewhat self-directed. The first portion of class is dedicated to students developing investing strategies on publicly traded companies that are of interest to the student. The second-half of class will cover how to value cash flows and process payments. Students will work closely with their groups to uncover insights on publicly traded companies using the material covered in course. Groups will be expected to present their findings regularly. Required individual reading assignments will also be done to provide the basis for the financial topics discussed in the course.
Example topics include:
Example technologies include:
We will also reference constructs like decentralization and distributed ledger technologies to contextualize and expand upon what we cover in this class, but this class will not focus exclusively on these issues. Students who are interested in such subects can still benefit from learning the financial constructs covered in this class.
Interest in finance and data.
This course requires competency in Unix and Linux. Please plan to attend the MPCS Unix Bootcamp (https://masters.cs.uchicago.edu/page/mpcs-unix-bootcamp) or take the online MPCS Unix Bootcamp Course on Canvas.
This class is scheduled at a time that does not conflict with any other classes this quarter.