Blockchain and Fintech Studies

Faculty of Information Technology and Economic Sciences – Nations Higher Certificate – Blockchain and Fintech Studies NQF Level 5120 Credits

National Higher Certificate – Blockchain and FinTech Studies NQF Level 5

Course annual Cost : R25 000

Monthly Payments : R2 000 (12 Months)

Once off registration Fee : R2 000

First Semester Modules : February – July

Module 1 – Introduction to BlockChain and FinTech Studies (BSFS 111)

The History of Money

Understanding Banking and Payment Systems

Understanding the Evolution of Money

Understanding Management and Financial Accounting

Understanding Economics

Understanding Business Management

Understanding Basic Financial Management

Understanding Blockchain

Understanding Financial Technology

Module 2 – Introduction to Decentralized Applications (Dapps 111)

Centralized Applications Vs Decentralized Applications

Understanding Python and Java and C++

Understanding Cryptography

Understanding Proof Of Work And Proof Of Stake

Understanding Solidly and MOVE programming Languages

Programming Decentralized Applications

Using third Party IDEs and SDKs

Closed and Open Source Codes

Module 3 – Financial Technology (FinTech 111)

Understanding the History of Technology

Understanding the History of Finance

Understanding the Future of Commerce and Technology

Financial Technology Applications

Programming FinTech Applications

Maintaining and Debugging Fintech Applications

Cyber Security and Monitoring Decentralized Applications

Module 4 – Financial Technology and Business Management Techniques(FinBus 111)

Business Management and Technology

Administration Management and Technology

Project Development and Capital Raising

Process Improvement Technology

Project Management and Financial Management

Detailed Costing and Financial Accounting

Module 11– Communications and Self Development (ComSelf 111)

Learning and Reading

How to Study Effectively

Virtual and Face to Face Presentations

Time Management Tactics

Financial Management Tactics

Understanding Self Development

Ethics and Psychology

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Mid Year Exams

Second Semester – Work Integrated Practical Modules

Module 5 Practical Blockchain Decentralized Applications Coding (DappsCode 211)

Module 6 – Design Decentralized Applications (DDA 211)

Module 7 – Platform Business, Project and Financial Management (BPFMAN 211)

Module 8 – Testing Blockchain Platforms (TBP 211)

Module 9 – Developing Decentralized Application (DDA 211)

Module 10 – DApps Testing, Piloting and Commercialization (DAPPSCOM 211)

Final Term Exams – Theoretical and Work integrated learning

Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate (NSC) with diploma or Higher Certificate entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification or international school-leaving certificate on an NSC level (NQF 4) confirmed by SAQA.

OR

National Certificate (Vocational) level four issued by the Council of General, Further Education and Training.

Course Duration

This Course takes a minimum of one year and maximum of 3 years.

Theoretical work is covered over a period of six months from enrollment from January until June. Practical work takes six months and begins in August until January the next year.

Students enrolling in July start theoretical work from July until December. Practical work commences in January and ends in June.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, graduates will be able to understand the Blockchain technology and FinTech in detail. Graduates will have the technical skills to assemble and dismantle Computer components and Crypto-Currency mining equipment. Graduates will be able to code and programme Decentralized Applications on the Facebook Libra Blockchain, Ethereum, Bitcoin, NEO among other Blockchains using Solidity and Move.

Graduates will be able to code, programme and analyze Crypto Currencies and other Peer to Peer Decentralized Applications. They will also possess the technical abilities to fix software bugs and servers within the Fintech Programming Space. The qualification also gives them access to pursue Accounting and other Commercial studies.

Graduates will be conferred with an NQF Level 5 qualification that will enable them to pursue further NQF Level 6 and 7 in the respected field. Graduates will also have the necessary Technical skills to enter the job market while in the process of completing their Diploma or Degrees.

Career Options

Blockchain Developer

Blockchain developer with the expertise to help companies explore Blockchain platforms are on high demand. Blockchain development might be the most marketable career path today because people are eager to realize all the benefits of Blockchain. These individuals require absolute attention to detail as theirs is a high ranking position. Blockchain developers are programmers who create applications for blockchain. They typically have a lot of experience working with C++, Python, and Javascript before becoming Blockchain developers.

Blockchain Solution Architect

The Blockchain Solution Architect has the responsibility of designing, assigning and connecting Blockchain solution components with the team experts such as developers, network administrators, UX designers, and IT Operations whose to develop to complete the Blockchain solutions.

Blockchain Project Manager

This individual is entrusted with the responsibility of connecting Blockchain projects to experts whose duty it is to develop Blockchain solutions. Blockchain project managers need to be equipped with the skills of a traditional (cloud) project manager. They also need to master the technical bit to understand the technology thoroughly. Another important ability is excellent communication skills; this is essential when addressing non-technical workers, when providing useful updates or when trying to get resources from higher authorities.

Blockchain UX Designer

With the incorporation of Blockchain into so many industries, its design as well as user interface, is becoming critical. The role of a Blockchain designer is shaping a user interface that creates trust and is alluring to a regular user. These individuals need to be able to pay attention to detail, have an artistic touch, but most importantly they need to be hardworking as their line of work requires them to spend a countless number of hours behind their computers.

Blockchain Quality Engineer

In any development environment, we have quality assurance engineer who tests and ensures that all areas of the project are of the required quality. In the Blockchain world, a Blockchain engineer plays a similar role by guaranteeing that all operations are of excellence in the Blockchain development environment. In other words, they conduct the testing and automation of frameworks for Blockchain. These individuals need to have a third eye as far as payment to detail is concerned because a small mistake on their part affects everyone using their technology. Excellent communication skills would also go a long way in the maintaining of good work relationships.

Blockchain Legal Consultant

Of course, as organizations try to comprehend the adoption of Blockchain into their systems legal issues always arise. As companies launch this new technology, they are also looking for legal expertise on what considerations to make while investing. They are curious about the implications of their actions, about how to handle their finances and lastly how to manage their identity. Of course, for such an individual, proper communication skills are mandatory. You also need to have a good grasp of your international law as Blockchain is tech without borders for the same reason it is advisable that such people master as many universal languages as they    

Everyone In The Business

Besides the specific roles of professionals working with Blockchain technologies, it is also important that everyone in the organization has a fundamental organization of the Blockchain. Only when everyone has an understanding of the benefits, key capabilities, use cases, and critical success factors, organizations can fully exploit the Blockchain.

Other Connected Roles

  • Accountants
  • Public Relations
  • Marketers
  • Crypto journalists
  • Managers
  • Crypto brokers
  • Analysts
  • ICO advisors

Financial Technology is changing the future of how society trades

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