INFO363-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

Special Topic: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies in Business, Culture, and Society

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022

Description

This course examines key concepts and main features of Blockchain, analyses the evolution of this technology and reviews present and potential applications. Economic, organisational, social and political impacts of Blockchain are explored. An improved understanding of the driving forces and motivations behind organisations’ adoption of Blockchain-based applications will be provided.

Blockchain – a kind of distributed ledger technology – has been described in the popular press as the next big thing. Blockchain is considered to have the potential to cause major economic, political and social transformations. The industries that are likely to be impacted by Blockchain – finance, healthcare, defense, supply chain management, luxury goods, government, to name a few – will be worth in the order of tens of trillions of dollars. Unsurprisingly it is the most talked-about and discussed topic in technology.

In light of the above observations, this course examines key concepts and main features of Blockchain, analyses the evolution of this technology and reviews present and potential applications. Economic, organisational, social and political impacts of Blockchain are explored. An improved understanding of the driving forces and motivations behind organisations’ adoption of Blockchain-based applications will be provided.

Tailoring the main concepts and theories to the situations in which nations, industries and organisations function, the course offers in-depth case studies that explore contexts, mechanisms and processes related to the development and deployment of Blockchain. Examples, special cases, and applications at the national, industry, functional area and organisational levels are laid out in detail. It offers a fresh and unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for the pervasiveness and widespread use of Blockchain-based smart contracts.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of this course the student should be able to:


    Have an understanding of the relevance and potential of Blockchain technology for modern firms, the culture and society at-large.
  • Identify the need for and explain the use of Blockchain technology in modern organisations, financial institutions, government and public applications, and culture at-large.
  • Explain important Blockchain concepts, especially with regard to their potential role in strategy and value creation for the firm.
  • Explain important Blockchain concepts with regard to their potential to transform society and culture.
  • Analyse complex situations in business and society to identify and evaluate alternative solutions that may require Blockchain, and make informed recommendations.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Engaged with the community

      Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Prerequisites

(1) INFO123 or INFO125 or COSC101 or COSC121 or COSC131 or COSC122 or DIGI101 and (2) 45 points at 200-level or above

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
21 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 464 Computer Lab
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun
02 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 248 Computer Lab
28 Feb - 10 Apr
2 May - 5 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 19:30 Jack Erskine 001 Computer Lab
30 May - 5 Jun

Course Coordinator

Stephen Wingreen

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Participation 5%
Research Case (group project) 25%
Case Portfolio (group project) 25%
Lab Project 10%
Final Exam 35%

Textbooks / Resources

There will be no textbook for this course.  Readings from journal articles, technical reports and news media will be assigned.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,563.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Department of Accounting and Information Systems on the departments and faculties page .

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