Graduate Certificate in Digital Finance Module 2: Digital Assets & Blockchain Technology

Programme Code: CRS-N-0046704


This module is part of SMU-CPA Australia Finance Game Changer Series.

The module focuses on the fundamentals of the token economy and peer to peer ways of doing business. It provides a framework for assessment of tokens and how to access such assets via centralised & decentralised exchanges.

Participants will understand the opportunities as well as risks of this new asset class, the maturity of current market structures as well as existing adoption in the financial services industry and beyond. At the end of the course, participants will learn the characteristics and benefits of blockchain technology, where it is applied, the concept of smart contracts, how to implement blockchain ad the challenges and success factors for adoption of blockchain.

Next Course Starts On22 Apr 2019 (Mon) See Full Schedule
Fee SGD1712.00* (as low as SGD193.60* after maximum funding) Learn more

2 days



Learning Objectives
  • Understand the fundamentals of the future Token Economy and peer to peer/private ways of doing business
  • Understand opportunities and risks of this new asset class as well as existing adoption in the financial services industry and beyond
  • Describe approach to begin Blockchain implementation and understand challenges and success factors involved

Who Should Attend

Accountants and Financial Professionals


Course assessment will be based on classroom exercises, case studies and project presentation. 

Fees and Funding

SkillsFuture Series 

Course fee grant at 70% of course fees (excluding GST) for participants who are successfully enrolled by SMU into approved courses under the Programme. Participants must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")
Up to 90% of course fees for Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")
Up to 90% of course fees for employees of SMEs who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents

Workfare Training Support Scheme ("WTS")
Up to 95% of course fees for Singapore Citizens aged 35 years and above (13 years and above for persons with disabilities) earning a monthly income of not more than S$2,000.

SkillsFuture Credit
Singapore Citizens aged 25 and above, and self-funding may use their SkillsFuture Credit (up to S$500) to defray part of the course fee. Please click User Guide on how to submit your claim. SkillsFuture Credit claims may be submitted by logging in via

Absentee Payroll
Companies who sponsor their employees for the course may apply for Absentee Payroll via the SkillsConnect system. For more information, please visit SkillsConnect.

Full Fee: S$1,712 per participant (including GST).

Nett fees payable per participant after SSG Funding:

  • S$513.60 (including GST) for Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents
  • S$193.60 (including GST) for Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above


Start Date(s)
Intake Information
intake 118 - 19 September 2018 (Completed)
INTAKE 217 - 18 January 2019 (Completed)
INTAKE 322 - 23 April 2019 (Fully Subscribed)

Speaker/Trainer Bio

Dr. Paul Robert Griffin
Associate Professor of Information Systems (Practice)
Director, MITB (Financial Technology & Analytics) Programme
Singapore Management University

An IT specialist with all-round skills and experience in developing and supporting software systems. Roles include development manager, project manager, developer, engineer and researcher. With a long experience in the finance industry following on from an academic and scientific background I have a wide breadth of experience across industries and demonstrable skills in analysis, problem solving, leading teams, process engineering and governance.

Daniel Liebau
Founder, Lightbulb Capital

An Affiliate Faculty member of the SMU Academy, Daniel (Dan) is the Founder of Lightbulb Capital and has a keen interest in Innovation in Finance and Investment Management.

Before starting the firm, Dan was Chief Operating Officer (COO) and an Executive Director of HSBC Securities (Singapore) Pte Limited. He was previously also the IT Head of HSBC’s Investment Bank in Singapore and Japan. Dan has over 17 years of Investment Banking Technology experience at UBS in both Germany and the UK, Barclays Capital in both Singapore and Tokyo, as well as Close Brothers in Frankfurt, his hometown.

Most recently, Dan is appointed as affiliate faculty of Singapore Management University. In addition, he is a frequent speaker at seminars on Innovation in Financial Services. He also partners with the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre for research projects at the intersection of Innovation and Finance.

He graduated with a Master of Science in Innovation from Singapore Management University and holds a Master in Finance from IE business school in Madrid, Spain.


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