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Unit Overview


Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology that provides a system for recording information where data is duplicated and distributed across a network of computers. Blockchain cannot be tampered with as it has no central control and is traceable. For these reasons, blockchain has enormous potential beyond current applications such as Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. As part of this course, students will learn the broader business applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies (BDLT).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Trimester 3OnlineOnline flexible

Students are able to (1) explain the fundamental workings of blockchain technology; (2) describe business opportunities and real-world applications of BDLT; (3) understand the impact of BDLT on business, the economy and society; (4) critically reflect on the challenges of BDLT in relation to ethics, law and governance; and (5) evaluate current BDLT uses to solve complex business problems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual project; (2) team-based project; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

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Unit rules
Enrolment in
the Master of Business Analytics (International)
BUSN5001 Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies in Business (ID 7156)
Contact hours
up to three hours per week
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