CIS8504 Assignment 1

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CIS8504 Assignment 1 (S1 2021)
Description  
Marks out of
Wtg(%)
Word limit
Due date
Assignment 1
100  
35
Approx. 2500
26 APRIL 2021
SHORT ESSAY TOPICS
Write an essay which demonstrates your understanding of attributes associated with Blockchains. 
You are required to address ONLY 5 attributes from the list below.
If your SURNAME starts with the letters: 
A to G address attributes 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9
H to N address attributes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10
O to U address attributes 1, 2, 4, 7, and 9
V to X address attributes 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10
Decentralization
Transparency
Immutability
Provenance
Consensus
Accessibility (e.g. private, permissioned, open)
Trust
Security (e.g. cryptography)
Efficiency (e.g. costs, processing time)
Privacy (e.g. anonymity, confidentiality)
For each attribute (20 MARKS) you must:
Define the attribute in the context of blockchains, and explain in detail how this attribute is technically and practically achieved within blockchain’s architectural design mechanisms, (10 MARKS) and
Identify and critically discuss the challenges that this attribute poses (for example, technical limitations, implementation, adoption, regulatory requirements) (10 MARKS)
SEE MARKING RUBRIC FOR ALLOCATION OF MARKS
NOTES:
Word count: Restrict your discussion to around 600 words per attribute (not including diagrams and figures). 
Sources: You must include AT LEAST ONE academic reference (book, journal, or conference paper) and citation in each attribute under discussion.

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Essay structure, presentation and writing style: The essay must be professionally structured and presented with appropriate headings, tables, diagrams etc. and the writing style must be clear and succinct, grammatically correct and free from spelling mistakes. 
Referencing: An appropriate level of in text referencing acknowledging original sources of ideas presented in the essay must be provided together with a reference list which provides complete details for all references cited in the essays using the Harvard referencing style.
a. Harvard referencing resources  
Install a bibliography referencing tool – Endnote which integrates with your word processor. 
http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing/endnote-bibliographicsoftware 
USQ Library how to reference correctly using the Harvard referencing system
https://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing/harvard–agps–referencingguide

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