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Trimester T1 2020
Unit Code BN208
Unit Title Networked Applications
Assessment Type Type A: Individual submission and demonstration
Title Assignment 1 - Emerging Networked Applications
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO
Mapping) This assignment assesses the following Unit Learning Outcomes; students should be able to demonstrate their achievements in them.
b. Apply socio-technical contexts in modern network applications and management;
c. Utilise common and emerging types of middleware to design and manage networked applications;
Weight 15% (Part-A = 5%, Part-B = 10%)
Total Marks 40 (Part-A = 15, Part-B = 30)
Word limit Approximately 1200 (Part-A = 600, Part-B = 1000)
Due Date Assignment Part-A Week 3, 08 April 2020
Assignment Part-B Week 7, 06 May 2020
Submission Guidelines • All work must be submitted on Moodle by the due date along with a title Page.
• The assessment 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 assessment.
Further information is available at:
Applying through AMS
• Academic Misconduct is a serious offence. Depending on the seriousness of the case, penalties can vary from a written warning or zero marks to exclusion from the course or rescinding the degree. Students should make themselves familiar with the full policy and procedure available at: For further information, please refer to the Academic Integrity Section in your Unit Description.
Assignment #01 Description
Part A
Blockchain is a new and upcoming transforming technology designed as a complete decentralised system. The “Block” represents a set of records that needs to be saved and the “Chain” links those blocks together for security purpose with the help of hashing function. Blockchain is simply a database containing transactions validated by network community instead of a single centralised authority. After validation, the data in the form of a block is linked to the previous block, hence creating a Blockchain. Blockchain gained its recent popularity because of its applications like Bitcoin and Ethereum. The report should cover the following points:
• Define Blockchain and discuss how Blockchain works.
• Explain the security features of Blockchain and its advantages.
Part B
Students need to read four to five articles about two Blockchain Applications to explore how these applications work and their different features. Students have to research two Blockchain applications and complete Task 1 and Task 2. The two Blockchain applications are assigned to students as per the following list and Table 1.
a) Libra
b) Bitcoin
c) Ethereum
d) Dogecoin
e) Gridcoin
f) Namecoin
Table 1. Assignment of Blockchain applications (a – f) to students
Students with ID ending with
Security Tool Serial #
0 or 5 a, b
1 or 6 c, d
2 or 7 e, f
3 or 8 a, b
4 or 9 a, c
The articles must be from the books, conferences or journals, and internet articles. The sources of information must be reported in IEEE format at the end of your report.
- Task 1
Write a report covering and detailing two Blockchain applications while emphasising on the following aspects:
• Field and Purpose of the application
• Working model of the application
• Scalability issues
• Features and Weaknesses of the application
• Socio-Technical aspects
- Task 2
Prepare a PowerPoint presentation discussing the main features of the two Blockchain applications. The PowerPoint presentation should have at least 10 slides and students should present for 6-8 minutes during lab time in Week 8.
Further instructions:
- Do not use Wikipedia as neither source nor reference.
- Read articles from the books or the ones published in journals and conferences, or internet articles
for each topic and then rewrite those using your own words.
- Use IEEE style referencing, and make sure to properly reference any diagrams/ graphics.
Students have to submit only the word document on Moodle that includes task 1.
Marking criteria:
Sections to be included in the report Description of the section Marks
Part A: Introduction
Introduction about Blockchain. (4 Marks)
• Define Blockchain and discuss how Blockchain works. (4 Marks)
• Explain the security features of Blockchain and its advantages. (6 Marks)
• Follow IEEE reference style for both report and presentation (1 Mark)
Part B: Task 1 Discussion of the following aspects of two Blockchain applications:
- Purpose
- Working
- Scalability
- Features and Weaknesses
- Socio-Technical aspects
2 x 11 = 22
Part B: Conclusion A complete summary of the report including all important findings 5
Part B: Reference style
Follow IEEE reference style for both report and presentation 3
Total 45
Marking Rubric for Assignment #01: Total Marks 40
Grade Mark HD
32-40 DI 28-31 CR 24-27 P 20-23 Fail 20
Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Part A:
/15 Excellent introduction of Blockchain and complete the features of Blockchain. Very Good introduction of Blockchain and features of Blockchain. Good introduction but not a very thorough features of Blockchain. Basic introduction and features of Blockchain are not given. This is not relevant to the
assessment topic.
Part B: Task
/15 Demonstrated excellent ability
to think critically and sourced reference material appropriately with clarity and supported materials for the technical content. Demonstrated very good ability to think
critically and source reference material appropriately. Demonstrated ability to think
critically and sourced reference material appropriately. Demonstrated basic ability to
think critically and sourced reference material appropriately. Did not
ability to think critically and did not source reference material appropriately.
Part B:
/3 Extra ordinary logical and convincing summary of the report. Very good logical and convincing summary of the report. logical and convincing summary of the report. Very basic summary of the report is given. Argument is confused and disjointed.
Part B:
Reference style
/2 Clear styles with excellent source of references. Clear referencing style. Generally good referencing style. Sometimes
clear referencing style. Lacks consistency
with many errors.
Part B: Task 2
/10 Excellent quality of presentation and content and presenter had exceptionally good knowledge of the topic. Very good quality of content and presentation: Presenter had very good knowledge of the topic. Overall knowledge and quality of presentation and content was above average. Basic level of presentation and content was presented and presenter had some
knowledge of the topic. Quality of presentation was not good, content were shallow and presenter did not have any knowledge of the topic.

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