Course Title: Financial Instruments and Technologies

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Financial Instruments and Technologies

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:  




Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024,
Sem 2 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Viet1 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Larry Li

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 (3) 9925 5638

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne Campus, Building 80

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No prerequisites, although prior completion of ISYS3408 Blockchain Applications, and ECON1020 Prices and Markets and ECON 1010 Macroeconomics 1 or deemed equivalents, is highly recommended.


Course Description

Financial Markets and Financial Technologies (Fintech) are now becoming intertwined. This course presents an introduction to the financial system and its markets, instruments and institutions. You will investigate the nature and role of the main financial markets within the domestic and global environment and how technological innovations in the areas of banking and finance facilitate interactions among market participants. In this course you will be introduced to FinTech innovation such as the development of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, digital payments, and digital platforms for aspects of financial life such as wealth management and insurance.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will:

CLO 1 Identify the nature and key components of financial systems domestically and globally to apply in diverse contexts.

CLO 2. Analyse the characteristics and functions of the main financial intermediaries operating in financial systems in a global context. 

CLO 3. Understand the roles of financial markets and the recent developments of financial technology

CLO 4. Identify the application of technology in financial services and wealth management.

Overview of Learning Activities

To achieve the course learning outcomes, a range of learning activities may be employed, including but not limited to:

  • lectures and tutorials
  • guest lecturing
  • in-class discussion
  • independent study and preparation


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. Links and materials specific to this course are available through the myRMIT Studies/Canvas Course site.

A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Assistance is available online via our chat and email services, face to face at our campus libraries or via the telephone on (03) 9925 2020.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing. See:


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks, their weighting and the course learning outcomes to which they are aligned are as follows:

Assessment Task 1: (20%)
CLO’s: 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2: (40%)
CLO’s: 1, 2, 3, 4

Assessment Task 3: (40%)
CLO’s: 1, 2, 3, 4

Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or in online forums through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.