MIS20060 Money in the Digital Society

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module is focused on cryptocurrencies and the emerging forms of decentralized economic and commercial organization that have built up around them. We first focus our attention on Bitcoin, the most famous (and infamous) digital currency and the reasons for its rise, as well as the unique challenges it has faced along the way. We then turn to alternative cryptocurrencies and place an emphasis on Bitcoin's major competitors. Ethereum broadens the meaning of what constitutes a cryptocurrency, to include self-reinforcing business logic through smart contracts. Ripple/XRP blurs the line between traditional company and open source development and appeals directly to traditional financial institutions. We also look at the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies, known as blockchain and how companies have sought to monetize it. Finally, we conclude with Facebook's Libra currency and what it tells us about the prospects of cryptocurrencies going forward.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students will be able to:
(1) Critically assess and analyse the merits of cryptocurrencies and related technologies such as blockchain.
(2) Demonstrate an understanding of how disruptive technologies, such as Bitcoin and blockchain technology, emerge and then later mature in response to a variety of organisational pressures.
(3) Provide strategic and informed recommendations about the prospects of disruptive technologies in a contemporary context.

Indicative Module Content:

Since the area is constantly-evolving the content changes quite a bit each year.
However, the most consistent topics are Bitcoin (all areas), alternative cryptocurrencies (general introduction), Ethereum, Ripple/XRP, blockchain, Libra/Calibra,

Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Short Report. Week 4 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Individual Presentation (Video). Week 8 n/a Graded No


Essay: Final Essay. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback delivered with release of grades.

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