THE BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCIES

CSE5BCC

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject introduces students to the principles and processes involved in blockchain technologies. The blockchain offers a way to secure transactions online between two parties, when there is no trusted intermediary available. A common use is in financial transactions without a bank as an intermediary, such as bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. This subject covers the fundamentals of blockchain technology, including how the blockchain works, and how it is applied to modern digital transactions, including cryptocurrencies and smart contracts.


SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorOmaru Maruatona

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into SMCYC or SMCYL or SMCYB or must obtain subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsBitcoin and Cryptocurrency TechnologiesPrescribedNarayanan, A., Bonneau, J., Felten, E., Miller, A. & Goldfeder, S. (2016)Princeton University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically compare the use of blockchains and distributed ledgers as alternatives to traditional approaches to financial transactions in trust-free transactions.

Activities:
Lectures/modules, worked examples, case studies, discussions, role play.

02. Evaluate the use of blockchains in different cryptocurrencies to create a set of recommendations for appropriate usage by business and industry.

Activities:
Lectures/modules, worked examples, case studies, discussions, practical work.

03. Evaluate security measures in distributed ledgers to minimise risk.

Activities:
Lectures/modules, case studies, discussions, practical work.

04. Analyse transactions and operations on blockchains and smart contracts required to plan more robust financial systems.

Activities:
Lectures/modules, worked examples, case studies, discussions, practical work.

05. Assess the commercial and legal environments needed for cryptocurrency startups to ensure business success.

Activities:
Lectures/modules, worked examples, case studies, discussions, role play.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorOmaru Maruatona

Class requirements

Lecture/Workshop Week: 31 - 43
Six 4.0 hours lecture/workshop every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 43
Six 4.0 hours computer laboratory every two weeks on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One closed book practical test (1.5 hours)To be given in last practical (or for off campus students at end of 2 day compulsory residential workshop).30 01, 02, 03, 04
Assignment 1 - Using Blockchains, written individual assignment (1,500-words)20 02, 03
Assignment 2 - Blockchain Startup Challenge, written group assignment (1,500-words per student) Students are required to work in a small group to complete the assignment. Groups will be assigned by the lecturer and use ZOOM to allow online student participation. Detailed guidance on student roles will be provided.20 05
Assign 3 - Word report outlining own learning of Blockchains reported on in Assign 2 & 3 (1500-word)Presented as a newspaper article genre in non-technical English for lay readership.30 01, 02, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorOmaru Maruatona

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per study period on weekdays from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Consists of online readings, resources and self-check tests, for self-directed study. All materials will be available asynchronously on the LMS."

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Ten 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Synchronous online practical tutorial supported by practical notes and reading material on the LMS."

Practical Week: 31 - 43
Two 7.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"A compulsory practical workshop of 2 days at the end of the semester will be offered for all off campus students."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One closed book practical test (1.5 hours)To be given in last practical (or for off campus students at end of 2 day compulsory residential workshop).30 01, 02, 03, 04
Assignment 1 - Using Blockchains, written individual assignment (1,500-words)20 02, 03
Assignment 2 - Blockchain Startup Challenge, written group assignment (1,500-words per student) Students are required to work in a small group to complete the assignment. Groups will be assigned by the lecturer and use ZOOM to allow online student participation. Detailed guidance on student roles will be provided.20 05
Assign 3 - Word report outlining own learning of Blockchains reported on in Assign 2 & 3 (1500-word)Presented as a newspaper article genre in non-technical English for lay readership.30 01, 02, 03, 04