Course Title: Blockchain for Trade

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Blockchain for Trade

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


625H Economics, Finance and Marketing


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Professor Ashton De Silva

Course Coordinator Phone: +61399251313

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

Assumed Knowledge:

No prerequisites, however it is strongly recommended that students undertaking this course have previously completed the following:

Course ID 053816 LAW2571 Law and Policy for Emerging Technologies or a deemed equivalent.

RMIT expects that you will accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the recommended prior learning before enrolling in a course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.  Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information see: Apply for credit.

Course Description

This course will introduce you to the emerging opportunities for blockchain and related technologies in international and domestic trade. Topics include provenance verification and trust in decentralised networks, identity and data rights, logistics and supply chain management, strengthening international property rights, paperless trade, new services and new applications of smart contracts. You will apply economic theories to understand the potential impacts of blockchain on the structure of global supply chains, including through case study analysis of blockchain-based platforms. You will also consider the opportunities, challenges and implications for government and regulatory information sharing, including existing paperless and digital trade efforts, and explore how these various challenges are being addressed internationally.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

CLO 1: Elucidate the conventional approaches and costs of existing trade infrastructure across global supply chains.

CLO 2: Evaluate economic and organisational theories in the context of the impact of distributed ledger and related technologies on the structure and operation of trade networks.

CLO 3: Characterise existing and future opportunities for conducting trade transactions and ensuring trust, provenance and identity using blockchain and distributed ledger technologies.

CLO 4: Critically evaluate opportunities for information sharing between governments, and business using blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, including the implications for trade agreements.

CLO 5: Appraise the ethical and social challenges and policy implications generated by widespread adoption of distributed ledger technologies for trade, including the implications for economic development.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course is delivered by mixed mode of face-to-face teaching and online learning. You are expected to be an active participant both in class and online. Your learning will be supported through in-class and online activities. These 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 myRMIT Studies/Canvas Course site.

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.

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.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing. See:

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: (30%)

Linked CLO’s: 1, 2

Assessment Task 2: (50%)

Linked CLO’s:  1,2,3,4, 5

Assessment Task 3: (20%)

Linked 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.