Module Title:Blockchain Technology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: The teaching and learning strategies used in the module are a combination of traditional lectures and laboratory exercises. The laboratory exercises include group work and peer review. The module covers a number of threshold concepts that are explicitly highlighted for the students.
Module Aim: The module provides a broad understanding of blockchains and distributed ledgers, including consensus protocols, digital assets, scalability and privacy. The module puts particular emphasis on practical skills and blockchain implementations in real-life applications.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand and describe the most prevalent forms of blockchains and distributed ledgers, including their consensus protocols.
LO2 Investigate and critically appraise the possible applications and use cases for blockchain technology.
LO3 Design and implement blockchain-based applications that involve tokens, smart contracts and/or timestamping.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Blockchain Taxonomies
Decentralised vs. distributed vs. centralised systems, permissionless vs. permissioned systems
The Building Blocks of Blockchain Technology
Peer-to-peer networks, gossip protocols, blocks and transactions, UTXO vs. account based transaction models, digital signatures, consensus protocols, proof-of-work, proof-of-stake, permissioned voting, Sybil attacks
Issuing and Managing Digital Assets
Fungible tokens, e.g., currency, utility tokens, governance tokens, token economies; non-fungible tokens, e.g. certifications, collectibles, domain names; smart contracts; decentralised applications; oracles
Scalability and Privacy
Payment channels, digital identity and pseudonymity
Other Applications
Notarization, e.g., timestamping
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment25.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions The students will answer a series of short questions that test their knowledge of consensus protocols, the issuance and management of digitals assets and real-world use cases. 1,2 25.00 Week 7
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project The students will complete an individual project in the form of a decentralised application. The application will rely on a blockchain for some of its functionality. 2,3 50.00 Week 12
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation The students will complete weekly practicals and submit their work for assessment. 1,2,3 25.00 End-of-Semester
No End of Module Formal Examination

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

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