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University of Exeter Business School

Hackathon Project

Module titleHackathon Project
Module codeBEEM063
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Jack Rogers (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module will start with an intense short course delivered with input from industry leaders. It is designed to give you the opportunity to consolidate your inter-disciplinary learning on the MSc FinTech programme into a real FinTech project. You will tackle a problem defined by a real business, and use an applied research approach that will also require you to work in a team. By experiencing the realities of working with a live business, you will have the opportunity to display the skills you have learned during the taught part of the programme in a way that maximises your employability.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The main aim of this module is to allow you to put into practice all the skills learned on the MSc FinTech programme in to a consolidated set that completes your training as a FinTech specialist. These skills include: working in a team, project planning, programming, report writing and presenting. Each student will be supported throughout the project by a FinTech academic, and the best performing projects will have the opportunity to present their ideas to industry leaders.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. critically evaluate and enhance specific FinTech competence in core and optional areas of study;
  • 2. relate real-life situation to subject specific knowledge examined through previous and current modules.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. construct and execute an extended Hackathon project;
  • 4. critically engage with a variety of research materials as well as primary research (through the chosen company), if appropriate;
  • 5. critically analyse a business problem using both practitioner and academic material;
  • 6. demonstrate effective relationship skills and professionalism.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. effectively present information orally and in writing, and formulate and deliver logical and precise arguments;
  • 8. demonstrate self-direction, initiative and planning in the context of independent learning and the management of a major project.

Syllabus plan

Topic area to be agreed with supervisor. Preparatory sessions will be provided on

  • Hackathon training with real case studies
  • Reflective learning
  • Professionalism in the work place

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity15Lectures in term 2
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity6Supervision in term 3
Guided Independent Study288Reading, research, preparation of project

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Supervisor and Industry Practitioner Assessment: Students will receive feedback from real Practitioners (ongoing and/or at the end of the project). N/A6-8Verbal or written feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Hackathon Project Proposal Video Presentation (group)1015 minutes7Written feedback
Hackathon Project report (individual)803,000 words1-6,8Written feedback
Final Presentation (group)1010 minutes7Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Hackathon Project Proposal Video Presentation (group) (10%)Video Presentation (10%, 15 minutes)7Referral/Deferral Period
Hackathon Project Report (individual) (80%)Written Report 3,000 words (80%)1-6,8Referral/Deferral Period
Final Presentation (group) (10%)Video Presentation (10%, 10 minutes)7Referral/Deferral Period

Re-assessment notes

For mitigation purposes, students may be deferred in each component separately.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Chia, A. (2018) Hackathons Unboxed: A Field Guide to Ideating, Leading and Winning. Marshall Cavendish

Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice. London, RoutledgeFalmer

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Key words search

FinTech, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Big Data, Machine Learning, AI

Credit value30
Module ECTS


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