Cryptocurrency giants-Ethereum and Bitcoin -MN504

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Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T2 – 2018
Unit Code MN504
Unit Title Networked Application Management
Assessment Type Individual Assignment


Cryptocurrency giants-Ethereum and Bitcoin
Purpose of the assessment

(with             ULO


The purpose of this assignment is to develop skills of analysing critically, and problem solving in regard to Networked Application Management (NAM). Students will be able to complete the following ULOs:


b.                Perform a literature review on modern network applications and management;

c.                Analyse common and emerging types of middleware to design and manage networked applications;


Weight 10%
Total Marks 50
Word limit 1500 – 2000
Due Date   31/08/2018 11:55PM (Friday Week 7)
Submission Guidelines •     All work must be submitted on Moodle by the due date along with a title Page.

•     The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 11-pt Calibri (Body) font and 2.54 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings.

•     Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using IEEE referencing style.

Extension  If an extension of time to submit work is required, a Special Consideration Application must be submitted directly to the School’s Administration Officer, in Melbourne on Level 6 or in Sydney on Level 7.  You must submit this application three working days prior to the due date of the assignment.

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Assignment Description


A report containing a complete discussion and analysis of the given topic in the required context needs to be submitted on Moodle. The report must have following parts:



Part 1: Ethereum & Bitcoin


The students explore Ethereum & Bitcoin by reviewing the literature on the internet as papers, book chapters, and independent scholarly reports by experts, and research based videos. Students participating in the PBL are taught how to do the critical thinking for review of literature. At least three articles related to technology supporting Ethereum need to be analysed in depth by discussing the overall contribution, scope and limitations of each research work. Following aspects related to Ethereum must be discussed:

  • Architecture
  • Features
  • Challenges



Part 2: Applications of Bitcoin


Students need to discuss at least one application in EACH of the following domains supported by Bitcoin:

  • Token Systems
  • Decentralised file storage


Part 3: Compare Ethereum and Bitcoin


Bitcoin and Ethereum are the two biggest giants of the cryptocurrency world. Bitcoin (BTC) was the first coin and Ethereum (ETH) followed a few years later.  Discuss in detail similarities and differences between the two.


Moodle Submission



All assignments should be submitted via Moodle and the similarity reports should be looked at carefully before the due-date, as students should make sure that there is no plagiarism of any type.







Marking Criteria



Section to be included in the report


Description of the section






Introduction of Ethereum v/s Bitcoin in terms of use and popularity. Also the structure of the assignment should be discussed.





Part 1


Discussion of following aspects related to Ethereum:

•      Architecture

•      Features

•      Challenges



8+ 6+ 6 =20


Part 2


Analyse and discuss at least one application EACH supported by Bitcoin in the following domains:

•      Token Systems

•      Decentralised File storage


There has to be at least 2-3 references for each application.



10* 2 =20


Part 3


Differences and Similarities between Ethereum &

Bitcoin are to be discussed and analysed






Draw a conclusion of the report with complete summary of all sections





Reference style


Follow IEEE reference style, in text citation and complete reference list.












Marking Rubric for Assignment #1: Total Marks 50


Grade Mark HD


DI 35-39 CR 30-34 P 25-29 Fail


  Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory



All salient features contributing to the popularity of

Ethereum &

Bitcoin are discussed and ability to think critically is



Some relevant features are soundly analysed. General features are analysed. Some relevant features are briefly presented. This is not relevant to the assignment topic.
Part 1




excellent ability to

analyse critically and sourced reference material


excellent ability to analyse critically but did not source reference material appropriately

Demonstrated some ability to analyse critically and sourced reference material




little ability to analyse critically and did not source reference material



Did not demonstrate

ability to analyse critically and did not source reference material



Part 2



Findings are clearly linked and well justified. Scope and limitations are provided exceptionally well Findings are clearly linked and justified. Scope and limitations are provided


Findings are linked and convincing. Some scope and limitations are provided


Findings are  not linked and unjustified


Findings are not available
Part 3 /4 All socio-technical aspects are discussed exceptionally well Very good discussion of most sociotechnical aspects



discussion of some sociotechnical aspects

Discussion of few sociotechnical aspects Unsatisfactory discussion of few sociotechnical aspects.



Logic is clear and easy to follow with strong arguments Consistent, logical and convincing



Mostly consistent logical and convincing Adequate cohesion and conviction Argument is confused and disjointed
Reference style



Clear styles with excellent source of references. Clear referencing




Generally good referencing style Sometimes clear referencing style Lacks consistency with many errors