Course Title: Blockchain and Cryptofinance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Blockchain and Cryptofinance

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

This course is intended as an open elective and is therefore not linked to a postgraduate program.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022

Course Coordinator: Dr Sarah Sinclair

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1329

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne Campus Building 80, Floor 11

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment or email only

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No prerequisites, although students would benefit from a basic understanding of business and economic principles.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of blockchain and distributed ledger technology for the economy, markets, firms, government, and society. The applications of blockchain technology include money, supply chains, identity, finance, creative industries, and in community applications. You will analyse and understand the development of blockchain platforms such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, as well as exploring the impact of crypto-assets and new financial technologies on banking and finance, taxation, and regulatory systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Course Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

CLO1: Explain blockchain technology fundamentals in an economic, social and commercial context.

CLO2: Analyse and evaluate the Blockchain Ecosystem, its origins, and its potential platforms for digital transformation.

CLO3: Evaluate the emerging cryptofinance ecosystem and its implications for the financial system. 

CLO4: Analyse real world applications of blockchain technology in the context of current economic, social and political environments.

CL05: Appraise the ethical and social challenges and policy implications generated by widespread adoption of distributed ledger technologies.



Overview of Learning Activities

The course is delivered in blended learning model that will include facilitated in-class learning and self-directed learning activities. You are expected to be an active participant both in class and online. Your learning will be supported by assessment tasks that may include quizzes; assignments; prescribed readings; researching and analysing specific information; solving problems; and producing written work.

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 myRMITStudies/Canvas Course site.

In addition to topic notes, assessment details and a study schedule, you may also be provided with links to relevant online information, readings, audio and video clips and communication tools.

Resources are also available online through RMIT Library databases and other facilities. If you require assistance with the RMIT library facilities contact the Business Liaison Librarian for your school.

Contact details for College of Business Library Business Partners are located online on the RMIT Library website.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

The RMIT Library also provides guides on academic referencing. See:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: (30%)

Linked CLO’s: 1,2

Assessment Task 2: (30%)

CLO’s: 1,2,3,4,5

Assessment Task 3: (40%)

CLO’s: 1,2,3,4,5



Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. Feedback for in-course assessment tasks will normally be provided within 10 working days of the deadline for submission of the assessment work or, if a student is granted an extension, within 10 working days of the date when the student submitted the work. 

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to the RMIT Assessment and Assessment Flexibility Policy and procedures.