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Fall 2018
LAW584  A  BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS STRATEGIES

Course Description
Blockchain Technology and Business Strategies

This course is an introduction to the application of Blockchain technology in different business environments and industries. Blockchain technology is a growing emerging technology that has attracted much attention and capital invested in cryptocurrencies and other applications. Today, almost all industries are building blockchain applications to adopt new ways of addressing business and technology problems and streamline business processes and enhance security and integrity of transactions. These new business models span both financial and non-financial business blockchain applications. The course will explore multiple use cases in different industries: Banking, Healthcare, Government, Real Estate, Retail, etc.
The goal of this course is to introduce the student to blockchain and its ecosystem. The student will learn how to analyze the underlying business foundation of blockchain in multiple business cases and will acquire the basic technical foundation of blockchain.

By the end of the course the student will have developed a clear understanding of Blockchain business models, technologies, use cases across multiple domains.

Learning Outcomes
• Understanding of Blockchain technology and high level understanding of the underlying technical
framework underlying many of the blockchain applications such as cryptocurrencies.
• Learn key use cases across various industries (Financial Services/Healthcare/Legal/Government).
• Understanding the broader strategic and regulatory framework for applying blockchain in business settings.
• Develop broad understanding of blockchain and blockchain ecosystem and applications.

Course overview and schedule

Day 1
• Overview of current technology trends and their disruptive force on today's business environments (Cloud/IoT/AI/Blockchain)
Day 2
• Overview of Blockchain and how it works. The technical framework.
Day 3
• How Blockchain capabilities are being applied in different business domains (healthcare, finance, legal, banking, government). ). You will develop key understanding of how blockchain applies in those business domains and in particular in the financial services and healthcare industries today.
Day 4

• Discussion of key technical, legal and regulatory aspects of applying blockchain in business settings.
Day 5
• Discuss strategic and technical frameworks for developing blockchain business/technology applications and strategies.
Day 6
• Final Paper/Presentation - The student will develop and submit a blockchain business/technology strategy. The paper/presentation should identify a potential solution in a particular industry based on your understanding of blockchain and its potential application. The paper should explore potential opportunities and challenges within an industry of your choice. You can also propose an idea within your own organization and how this could be implemented and the potential outcome of such idea.


Short Course Attendance Policy
Due to the small number of meetings, attendance to all meetings/classes for short courses is mandatory. Students who miss more than one class session (80 minute) of a 1-credit short course are subject to administrative withdrawal and will have a W for the course on their transcripts.


Course Schedule
Offering Dates: 10-15-2018 - 10-20-2018  

Dates Day Time Room
10-15-2018 - 10-18-2018   MTWR  12:30 PM-1:50 PM G363
10-19-2018 - 10-19-2018   F  2:00 PM-5:00 PM G363
10-20-2018 - 10-20-2018   S  10:00 AM-1:00 PM G363

Course Frequency

Course Information

Credits: 1
Pass/Fail Option: No
Prerequisite:
Method of Evaluation: Final evaluation:Paper/Presentation. The student will present a paper in the last day of class about an idea of blockchain in a business setting of the student's choice.
Graduation Requirements Fulfilled By Course: None
Special Attributes:
New Course
Short Course
Course Delivery:

Special Restrictions:
Law Track(s): None
Bar Subject(s): None
Concentration(s): None
Course Book(s): TBD/None      
First Class Assignment(s): TBD/None

 
Professor(s)

SAYED, TAREK



Contact Information:
Email: tsayed@law.miami.edu
Phone: 305-284-1657