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Identify appropriate techniques to gain financial insights and business intelligence in the big data age.

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Programme :   MBA

Year/Level :  1/7

Academic Year :  2020/21

Trimester :   1  

Module title : Financial Insights and Business Intelligence

Assignment no. :  2

Module code:  BUSI703

                          Word guide:  2,000

Percentage Weighting of this assignment for the module: 50%

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Notes for students :

1. Electronic copy of assignment must be submitted through the Turnitin software.

2. This assignment will be marked electronically and results available online through Grademark in Turnitin within 3 weeks of the submission date.

3. 10% of marks are awarded for satisfactory use of language and/or good presentation.

4. 5% of marks are awarded for satisfactory referencing and/or presentation of a bibliography where either is required. Note that all referenced work should be obtained from credible sources.

5. Students should ensure that they comply with Glyndwr University’s plagiarism policy.

6. Students should make correct use of the Harvard referencing method.

Learning Outcomes Tested in this Assignment:

  1. Identify appropriate techniques to gain financial insights and business intelligence in the big data age.
  2. Critically evaluate financial performance of an organisation




Mark (%)

Would students please note that achievement of the learning outcomes for this assessment is demonstrated against the assessment criteria shown below (which are not necessarily weighted equally).  All marks/grades remain indicative until they have been considered and confirmed by the Assessment Board

Assessment Criteria

Marks Awarded

Marks Available



FinTech solutions for financing






FinTech solutions for investing decisions





FinTech solutions for operating decisions





Wide ranging references with the correct use of the Harvard system





Quality of the written work. Clear structure to the work and correct spelling was used throughout.









Additional Comments from Second marker or External Examiner (if required) :

Grading and marking Criteria

First Learning Outcome: Identify appropriate techniques to gain financial insights and business intelligence in the big data age

No work has been submitted in the time allowed, or the work submitted demonstrates little or no understanding of the task or the subject matter.  This may be evident where the work is substantially incoherent, irrelevant or lacking in factual content, or where these shortcomings are present in combination such that the work as a whole is unsound.  Major errors of fact, or evidence of substantially poor cognitive or other relevant skills will also lead to a fail.


Marks below 30%

The work shows some knowledge and required skills are present to a degree.  There may be appreciable error or omission of facts, poor structure, misdirection to the task, or poor conceptualisation or illustration of the work.  Evidence of analysis and evaluation is weak.  There will be indications in the work that the candidate is capable of improving it by further application to the task


Marks in the range

30% – 39%

The work contains sufficient descriptive information.  There is some analysis and explanation with appropriate illustration and example, and some attempt to evaluate.  The work will generally be coherent and relevant, it will contain some useful proposals or solutions related to familiar solutions and there will be some attempt at originality.  It will be communicated clearly.


Marks in the range of

40% – 49%

The work contains all the necessary contextual information.  There will be adequate analysis, explanation and conceptualisation, with appropriate illustration and example, and sound attempts to evaluate and judge.  The work will be substantially coherent and will contain relevant and feasible proposals or solutions related to familiar situations, some responses to uncertainty or ambiguity and some acknowledgements of the implications of change.


Marks in the range of

50% – 59%

The work will contain complete explanations using most available information.  There will be substantial analysis; the ability to recognise evidence, use ideas, conceptualise, evaluate and judge in familiar situations will be clearly demonstrated.  Proposals or solutions will be contextually relevant and useful, with substantial evidence of the skill necessary to operationalize them in a variety of situations, including those in which uncertainty, ambiguity or change are present.  The work will provide evidence of originality and of useful knowledge transfer to novel situations.  It will be coherent and convincing.


Marks in the range of

60% - 69%

The work will clearly demonstrate the ability to analyse accurately, reliably and fully, all relevant information; to use evidence; to conceptualise, evaluate and judge; to propose and operationalise effective solutions, and to show substantial originality and creativity in a variety of familiar situations or in the face of ambiguity, uncertainty or change.  It will demonstrate valuable knowledge transfer and propose feasible solutions for a wide range of situations.  Evidence of the ability to innovate will be present.


Marks in the range of 70% and above


FinTech (Financial Technology) is a cross-disciplinary subject that combines Finance, Technology Management and Innovation Management. FinTech (i.e. Financial Technology) is an emerging topic in the business world. Global investment in FinTech companies were worth US$24.7 billion in 2016, and it is estimated that increasing investment in the UK FinTech sector would help create an additional 100,000 jobs in UK by 2020.

New partnerships with UNESCO are reported as being forged (https://thefintechtimes.com/singularitynet-ai/ in March 2019) using the BETA version of SingularityNET, demonstrating the initial benefits of adopting FinTech solutions within the organization.

Assignment brief:

Referring to the project you suggested in assignment 1, critically evaluate and discuss way in which FinTech solutions could support your project in terms of:

a)  financing (your answer should be supported by two examples of solutions) (25 marks)

b) making investing decisions (supported by an example of a solution) (15 marks)

c) making operational decisions (with two supporting examples of solutions) (45 marks)

The suggested examples of solutions could be a company, a product, a service or other. However, a justification is needed for each suggestion and the suggestion might involve a comparison between several interconnected solutions.  Your discussions should also in line with the context of your suggested project.

Please note:

i) To achieve good marks your assignment should show detailed evidence of research;

ii) 15% of the marks available are for quality of English (10%), and proper referencing according to the Harvard method (5%);

iii) This assignment carries 50 % of the total module weighting

iv) Please ensure you attach the marking grid as page 3 of your answer (15 marks) (Total 100 marks)

You need to answer the following learning outcome first: Identify appropriate techniques to gain financial insights and business intelligence in the big data age

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