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Unit Overview


This unit covers digital currencies, blockchains, cryptographic tokens, and related topics in the FinTech area. The unit will address the emergence of stateless, decentralized, cloud-based digital currency systems, and follow-on investment products, derivatives, and innovations such as initial coin offerings and the extension of cryptocurrency-based

technology into securities issuance and trading.

The most important outcome from undertaking the unit is that students better understand contemporary and emerging FinTech digital finance products, their origins, practicalities, regulations and future applications. Content will include discussion of related issues including ethical considerations, hacking, “smart contracts,” governance, investment risk and return, and emerging regulatory approaches.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) evaluate blockchains and distributed ledgers as significant innovations in financial record keeping; (2) explain cryptographic consensus as an alternative form of risk management and cybersecurity; (3) identify the emerging uses of cryptographic assets in the mainstream financial system, and in new applications such as Initial Coin Offerings and smart contracts; and (4) critically evaluate ethical and regulatory problems created by peer-to-peer payment systems that operate internationally with decentralized governance.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment; (2) test; and (3) exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dirk Baur
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
Managerial Finance 5530
Contact hours
3 hours per week for 12 weeks
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.