Checking date: 16/05/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Technological Infraestructures
Master in Financial Sector Technologies: FinTech (Plan: 461 - Estudio: 313)

Coordinating teacher: CALDERON MATEOS, ALEJANDRO

Department assigned to the subject: Computer Science and Engineering Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
* Programing * Information Systems
The primary objective of this course is to provide students with knowledge of the specific requirements of the infrastructures related to the applications used in the main activities of the financial sector, especially those related to the intermediation of financial instruments, serving as a base model for other activities within the Fintech universe. The aim is to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge that allows for precise establishment of the fundamental infrastructure requirements, communications, information security, and business continuity in the following areas: - Front-end and Back-end Technologies: Evaluating needs based on the role of the user in the specific financial service: operator, client, manager, etc. - Technologies Associated with Specific Activities in the Life Cycle of a Financial Transaction: Covering Front-office, Middle-office, and Back-office operations. - Decision Criteria and Technologies for Deploying Necessary Infrastructures: Selection of on-premise models or the use of public or private cloud technologies, or other models, for service provision. Students should acquire the knowledge to model the systems and communications infrastructure of a specific application or service within the Fintech universe, meeting the functional requirements, service continuity, and information security standards of the financial sector.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1.- Technological infrastructures 2.- Communication networks 3.- Infrastructure deployment 4.- Security in technological infrastructures
Learning activities and methodology
AF1: Theoretical sessions: Theoretical presentations accompanied by learning materials, such as presentation supporting slides. Presence: 100% AF3: Theoretical-practical sessions: Combination of theoretical classes accompanied by the resolution of practical exercises. Presence: 100% AF4: Practical assignments: Practical cases to be developed in specific laboratory sessions. Presence: 100% AF5: Tutorials: Face-to-face and/or remote tutorials (through videoconference). Presence: 100% AF2: E-learning activities: Forum of the course, discussion forums, visualization of pre-recorded contents, and other e-learning training activities. Presence: 0% AF7: Individual student work: Individual learning activities that complement the rest (both face-to-face and non-face-to-face), as well as exam preparation. Presence: 0% Teaching methodology MD1: Lecturing with support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the bibliography is provided to complement the students' learning. MD2: Critical reading of texts recommended by the lecturer: Press articles, reports, manuals and academic papers, either for further discussion in class, or to extend and consolidate the knowledge of the subject. MD3: Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc., proposed by the lecturer and to be attained either individually or in teams. MD4: Exhibition and discussion in class, under the lecturer's moderation, of topics related to the content of the subject, as well as discussion on practical cases. MD5: Elaboration of work and reports individually or in teams. MD6: Specific e-learning activities, including watching to videos, tutorials, self-correction activities, participation in forums, and any other online teaching mechanism the lecturer deems appropriate. The practical component of this course will focus on the use and management of certified end-user trading platforms, including order entry, monitoring, execution, and modification. It will also involve tracking various products across different markets connected via TCP/IP, multicast, etc. Additionally, students will track average achieved prices, the history of an order, and more. For the more theoretical contents of the subject, remote teaching methodologies such as content recording or discussion forums can be used, as well as classic methods such as the development of individual or group work. The practical component of this subject will focus on practical exercises to be carried out by the student to help them internalize the concepts that are taught in the presential classes. The use of trading platform simulation software is also proposed to allow the student becoming familiar with this type of technology, which is a key element in the Financial Markets. For these more practical contents, presential attendance at the laboratories can be combined with individual or group assignments out of the classroom, bu combining the Remote Classroom with the monitoring and tutoring of students through forums and other discussion mechanisms. This part will also be carried out with other e-learning strategies, such as the self-evaluation of the achievements, all supported through Aula Global. In the event that in any practice or laboratory it is decided to use licensed software that cannot be easily acquired by students, attendance in these laboratory classes will be promoted, to the detriment of others that are more affordable for a blended methodology.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Calendar of Continuous assessment

Basic Bibliography
  • (several authors). Market know how Finance and Markets. Prentince Hall . 2010
  • Barry Johnson. Algorithmic Trading & DMA. 4Myeloma Press. 2011
  • David Loader. Clearing, settlement and custody. Securities Institute . 2002
  • David Loader. Clearing and settlement of derivatives. Securities Institute . 2005
  • Essvale Corporation. Business Knowledge for IT in Trading and Exchanges. Essvale Corporation. 2009
  • John C. Hull. Risk Management and Financial Institutions. Wiley Finance . 2012
  • Michael Simmons. Securities Operations. A Guide to Trade and Position Management. Wiley Finance . 2002
  • Robert Baker. The Trade lifecycle.- Behind the Scenes of the Trading Process. Wiley Finance. 2011
Additional Bibliography
  • Ernest P. Chan. Quantitative Trading. Wiley Trading . 2009
  • John Gregory. Counterparty credit risk. Wiley Finance . 2010
  • R.Venata Subraman. Accounting for Investments. John Wiley & Sons . 2011
  • Reuters . Curso sobre derivados. Reuters . 2003

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.