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2021/2022  KAN-CINTV1803U  Blockchain Business Development

English Title
Blockchain Business Development

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course First Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc in Business Administration and Information Systems, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Michel Avital - Department of Digitalisation
Main academic disciplines
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information technology
  • Innovation
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 02-11-2021

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Learning objectives
  • Identify and explain the theories, concepts and technologies that were presented in the course, including their key terminology, underlying assumptions, and how they relate to one another.
  • Demonstrate how the theories, concepts and technologies that were presented in the course were applied in the process of developing the prescribed blockchain project.
  • Exhibit the ability to apply blockchain technology through a written assignment that describes the blockchain innovation project and a tangible prototype that illustrates it.
  • Evaluate the blockchain innovation project through theory-based critical assessment and discuss the results including how to mitigate the prevailing challenges as well as how to move ahead with the development of the underlying project.
Course prerequisites
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
The students have to get 1 out of 2 mandatory activities approved.

The first assignment is written in groups and is max. 1 page.

Oral presentations etc.
The second mandatory activity is a group assignment of max 5 pages. The assignment also has to be presented in class by the exam group (min 2 people, unless it is an individually authored project).

Retake of both assignments:
If a student cannot participate due to documented illness, or if a student does not get the activity approved in spite of making a real attempt, then the student will be given an extra attempt before the re-exam. The extra attempt is a max. 10 page home assignment and can be written individually or in a group. (There will not be any extra attempts provided to the students before the ordinary exam.)
Blockchain Business Development:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
Individual or group exam Oral group exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Max. 25 pages
If a student is unable to find a group, it is possible to write the project alone.
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
15 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The oral part of the exam will be online.


The oral exam is based on the project written by the students.


1 student is examined in 20 minutes
2 students are examined in 30 minutes
3 students are examined in 45 minutes
4 students are examined in 60 minutes

Course content, structure and pedagogical approach



The course is expected to run as a collaboration between CBS and University of Copenhagen.   


Blockchain, mostly known as the backbone technology behind Bitcoin, is one of the hottest and most intriguing technologies currently in the market. Similar to the impact of the internet, blockchain has the potential to truly disrupt multiple industries by making transactions and processes more democratic, secure, transparent, and efficient. Entrepreneurs, startup companies, investors, global organizations, and governments have all identified blockchain as a revolutionary technology. Building on this vision, students will explore how the capabilities and the underlying mechanism of blockchain can be applied to generate economic and social value. This course highlights central topics of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. It is designed to familiarize students with the foundations of blockchain technology and its key application areas. In addition, the course seeks to provide hands-on experience in applying blockchain technology to developing novel insights and turning them into prototypes.


The course would also benefit students from Entrepreneurship, Innovation,Service management, and Supply chain management and logistics programs.



Description of the teaching methods
The course comprises four live online classes and three on-campus workshop classes. Every class includes video lectures, quiz, self-directed exercise, group work, and plenary discussion. Teaching will be based on project-centric thematic lectures, in-class workshops, studio work, field research, and student presentations. The class meetings are interactive and require attendance and ongoing engagement of the students.

***Attending the first class is critical because we will form the workgroups and practice the online format of the course.***
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback is integrated into every part of the course. The lectures are discussion-based and provide students with a continuous opportunity to engage with course material and to get immediate feedback in response. The class exercises provide students with feedback on their ability to apply the theory to a class project. Oral class presentations allow students to get feedback on their ability to meet the learning objectives of the course and how to remedy deficiencies prior to the final exam. The instructors will provide further feedback as needed via email and during office hours.
Student workload
Class lectures and exercises 28 hours
Class preparation 56 hours
Group project preparation (per individual in a group of 4) 92 hours
Exam and exam preparation 30 hours
Total 206 hours
Further Information

We recommend taking Blockchain Business Development (KAN-CINTV1803U) together with the course Foundations of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts (KAN-CDSCV1001U). These two courses are complementary and together will benefit students with broader knowledge on the business and technical aspects of blockchain technology. The Blockchain Business Development course focuses on business aspects of Blockchain technology, whereas Foundations of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts course focuses on technological foundations and programming of Blockchain and smart contacts.  The two courses are scheduled one after that other--Blockchain Business Development runs in the 1st quarter and Foundations of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts course runs in the 2nd quarter of the semester.

Expected literature

The literature will be shared via Canvas before the semester starts. Students are advised to check the syllabus on Canvas before they buy any material.


Last updated on 02-11-2021