Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE DLT Business: An Introduction and Keynotes

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for Distributed Ledger Technologies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit comprises of two main components:

(i) an introduction to business issues pertaining to DLTs including: start-ups; crowdfunding, initial coin offerings (ICOs), security token offerings (STOs) and other offerings; incorporation and structures; DLT adoption and trade-offs; auditing, legal requirements and ethical issues, and;

(ii) moderated keynote lectures to shed light on current and future trends that are, and will be shaping the Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) industry, and on how DLTs can complement other emerging technologies to provide innovative solutions in various business domains.
Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to introduce students to the business related aspects of Distributed Ledger Technologies and bring a real-world view of the state-of-play in the DLT and complementary technology industries. The unit intends to provide students with an insight into:

(i) DLT specific business related matters including setting-up and running, auditing, legal and ethical issues;
(ii) as well as a real-world view of various sectors by invited industry practitioners including but not limited to:
- how DLTs can be applied in education, government, healthcare, financial services and other applications;
- how other emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and how emerging non-traditional computing platforms may complement and/or challenge aspects of DLTs.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe DLT business operations and challenges;
- explain crowdfunding models and inherent trade-offs in each;
- list challenges pertaining to DLT implementation in various business domains;
- demonstrate appropriate solutions to how DLTs can be used in various domains;
- list real-world solutions, initiatives, and challenges in the practical deployment of DLTs;
- identify how other emerging technologies may complement, provide a competing solution, and/or challenge DLTs in real-world applications.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- manage and initiate crowdfunding processes;
- critically analyse various aspects of white papers;
- initiate and manage registration and incorporation processes including legal and auditing requirements;
- assess critically the real value and benefits which the deployment of DLTs is bringing in specific sectors of the economy;
- assess how other business domains not covered within the unit can benefit from decentralisation and trade-offs decentralisation brings.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main readings

- Business Transformation through Blockchain Volume I. H. Treiblmaier and R. Beck. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-98911-2.
- Business Transformation through Blockchain Volume II. H. Treiblmaier and R. Beck. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-99058-3.

Supplementary readings

Students will be assigned selected contemporary industry related and academic research papers relevant to the various keynotes being delivered.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Juanito Camilleri (Co-ord.)
Joshua Ellul
Jonathan Galea
Max Ganado
Saviour Zammit

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