Registration for the Blockchain MOOC is now open

We are excited to announce that the MOOC registration for SME’s is now open. Make sure to complete the registration form in time, in order to be able to attend the 1st and 2nd Session on May 18th.

For further information and if you want to register for the “Introduction to Digital Currencies and Blockchains” MOOC press the button bellow.

Introduction to Digital Currencies and Blockchains

Language of Instruction: English

Mode of Delivery: Distance Learning

Course Lectures Duration: 8 Hours

Prerequisites: None

Objectives of the Course  

The course will provide an introductory understanding of B&DLTs technologies with the case of decentralized digital currencies (cryptocurrencies) such as bitcoin. In particular, the course will survey the theory and principles by which B&DLTs (using the case of  cryptocurrencies) operate, practical examples of basic  cryptocurrency transactions in the framework of B&DLTs, the likely interaction of cryptocurrencies with the banking, financial, legal and regulatory systems, and how cryptocurrencies could be viewed within a framework of innovation and development.
The course will consist of five general topics:

  1. Theoretical introduction to B&DLTs and the case of digital currencies.
  2. Practical introduction to B&DLTs and the case of digital currencies.
  3. Banking, financial and regulatory implications of digital currencies.
  4. Innovation and development.
  5. Cross-value chain perspectives – B&DLTs applications beyond the Financial Sector.
Learning Outcomes:  

Attendants after the completion of the course should be able to:

  • Understand the technology components of blockchain-based digital currencies, the process of currency issuance, and distributed ledger.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cryptocurrencies and be able to conduct P2P transactions through hands on exercises.
  • Understand more advanced uses of the blockchain such as escrow services, asset registration, attestation and smart contracts.
  • Be able to check the usage of blockchain technology through real-life use cases.
  • Understand alternatives to bitcoin, such as alt-coins, Ethereum.
  • Understand what parallels and differences cryptocurrencies have with the existing monetary and banking systems.
  • Be able to place blockchain technology in the context of disruptive innovations and understand their potential for growth or development.
Course Contents:  

Session 1: Course Overview Primary Functions of Currencies The History of Money and Currency The History of Bitcoin Bitcoin as Currency

Session 2: Ledgers, Transactions, Blocks, Blockchains Types of Blockchains Properties of Bitcoin Blockchain Networks Blockchain Transactions Example of Transactions

Session 3: Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and Cryptography / Bitcoin Download a Wallet Practical examples with wallets Hands on exercises

Session 4: P2P Transactions Practical examples on P2P transactions Hands on exercises

Session 5: Alternative Usages of Blockchain ETH – Smart Contracts Digital Rights Management Real Estate Management Academic Titles on Blockchain Alternative Cryptocurrencies Ethereum and EVM

Session 6: Blockchain Use Cases: Banking Central Bank Digital Currencies Supply Chain Land registry Blockchain verifiable certificates  

Session 7: Principles of innovation Diffusion of innovation Why Bitcoin/Blockchain are innovations Innovation in crowdfunding through Blockchain Examples of innovative blockchain applications  

Session 8: Cryptoassets Regulatory framework Major concerns  

Learning Activities and Teaching Methods:  
Lectures, Assignments
Assessment Methods:  
Self-Assessment Online quizzes