BUSN5001 Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in Business

6 points
(see Timetable)
(see Summer Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Summer teaching periodUWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (BDLT) are fundamentally changing traditional industries, business structures and consumer behaviours. While the media often focus on Bitcoin and other crypto currencies, valued at USD 825 billion in early 2018, these are only the tip of the iceberg in the context of BDLT's full potential. While the technology is still evolving, its transformative impact on businesses and societies is often misunderstood, feared or altogether unknown.

UWA's Blockchain and Distributive Ledger Technologies in Business is one of the few academic courses in the world offering an introduction to the BDLT and a hands-on application of this knowledge to developing and managing innovative enterprises in the new ecosystem.
Students are able to (1) explain how blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (BDLT) work; (2) critically reflect on the disruptive impact of BDLT on business, the economy and society; (3) demonstrate competencies to work collaboratively; (4) demonstrate competencies in clear and concise multimodal communication; and (5) identify the challenges in the application of BDLT on business and the broader economy.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) team-based assignment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Andrzej Gwizdalski
Contact hours
Standard Semester: lectures/tutorials/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
Summer School: delivered intensively, up to 18 hours per week
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-SUMM-F-2020]
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