Course Title: Blockchain and the Cryptoeconomy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Blockchain and the Cryptoeconomy

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ECON1565

City Campus

Postgraduate

625H Economics, Finance and Marketing

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2021

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

ECON1565

City Campus

Postgraduate

625H Economics, Finance and Marketing

Internet

JulDec2020 (All)

ECON1565

City Campus

Postgraduate

625H Economics, Finance and Marketing

Internet

JulDec2021 (All)

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Stuart Thomas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5773

Course Coordinator Email: stuart.thomas@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne Campus B98.02.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By email or appointment only


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None.


Course Description

This course will introduce you to blockchain and distributed ledger technology and establish the economic foundations necessary to understand distributed ledger technology for the economy, markets, firms, government and in society. You will be introduced to, and apply, institutional cryptoeconomics as a general framework to understand the blockchain economy. The applications of blockchain technology will include money, supply chains, identity, crypto-democracy and civil society. You will also critically examine some of the political and ethical challenges generated by this new technology, including public policy implications.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

.


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

CLO1: Interpret blockchain technology fundamentals in an economic, social and political context. 

CLO2: Appraise the application of institutional cryptoeconomics to blockchain use.

CLO3: Characterise the institutional technologies and underlying principles of blockchain and assess how the technology may improve organisational performance, economic coordination and governance.

CLO4: Explain real world applications of blockchain technology as they resolve economic, social and political problems.

CLO5: Assess the ethical and social challenges and policy implications of widespread adoption of blockchain and related technologies.  


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.

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.

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.

The Library provides guides on academic referencing. See:  https://www.rmit.edu.au/library/study/referencing


Overview of Assessment

The assessment alignment list below shows the assessment tasks against the learning outcomes they develop:

 

Assessment Task 1: (30%)

Linked CLO’s: 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: (30%)

Linked CLO’s: 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: (40%)

Linked CLO’s: 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

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.