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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Blockchain Basics by University at Buffalo

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About the Course

This first course of the Blockchain specialization provides a broad overview of the essential concepts of blockchain technology – by initially exploring the Bitcoin protocol followed by the Ethereum protocol – to lay the foundation necessary for developing applications and programming. You will be equipped with the knowledge needed to create nodes on your personal Ethereum blockchain, create accounts, unlock accounts, mine, transact, transfer Ethers, and check balances. You will learn about the decentralized peer-to-peer network, an immutable distributed ledger and the trust model that defines a blockchain. This course enables you to explain basic components of a blockchain (transaction, block, block header, and the chain) its operations (verification, validation, and consensus model) underlying algorithms, and essentials of trust (hard fork and soft fork). Content includes the hashing and cryptography foundations indispensable to blockchain programming, which is the focus of two subsequent specialization courses, Smart Contracts and Decentralized Applications (Dapps). You will work on a virtual machine image, specifically created for this course, to build an Ethereum test chain and operate on the chain. This hands-on activity will help you understand the workings of a blockchain, its transactions, blocks and mining. Main concepts are delivered through videos, demos and hands-on exercises....

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Nov 18, 2018

This is an introductory course to Blockchain. The supplemented material (in other words self-study) is excellent and in my opinion is the only way to master the concepts and details of this discipline


Dec 24, 2020

A comprehensive and clear course that summarizes the basic concepts to understand blockchain technology. Also, the resources and contents included are very valuables. I totally recommend this course.

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By Miguel Á S C

Mar 19, 2022

F​inal Project is a pain; Virtual Machine used is not up to the specs required for the task.

By Yasaman R

Jun 23, 2020

It's a good course for beginners but the assignments and quizzes can be harder and longer.

By Bhavneet S

Jun 30, 2020

The reading material provided is pretty good, but video lectures could have been better.

By Saleh M A

Sep 9, 2020

OVA file creates problems which make my submission delayed. This should be resolved.

By Vishwajeet K

Jul 26, 2020

A nice course where you can learn about the basic knowledge of Blockchain Technology

By Ujjwal G

Jul 13, 2019

Covers only the basics, assignments are not very good but pretty decent for a start.

By Alexey K

Sep 14, 2018

Narrative in the lectures a little, most of the material is devoted to self-study.

By Amit K

Jul 13, 2020

Some of the links were not working in week 1 and week 2 optional reading material

By 332 B K v

Aug 27, 2020


By Rohit M

Jan 10, 2021

Good course for beginner concepts, but a lot of links are old and not working

By Sarthik G

Aug 18, 2019

Not much explained! Literally used youtube or Edx for most of the topics

By Chris M

May 29, 2019

Good information but needs more context around assignments and readings.

By Sana

Aug 12, 2020

many problems with last assignment . just because of computing power

By avichal s

Apr 27, 2020

You have to be very patience while submitting the final assignment.

By Joyce Z

Mar 1, 2020

This course really didn't go in to the depth that I am expecting.


Jun 3, 2021

Some of the terms could have been explained better and in detail

By Davide R

Mar 21, 2019

It's a good course but many concepts are taken for granted.

By Rand E

Aug 13, 2018

It has only basic information without any practical parts


Apr 21, 2021

I got basic information about blockchain technology.

By Javier L C C

Aug 8, 2019

Very basic, it was more informative than practical

By sohan r

Mar 8, 2021

Some of the concepts were not explained properly.

By Yukta S

Oct 30, 2021

Steps for the project were not well specified.

By Tarek A

Oct 14, 2021

Learned a lot but instructor was not engaging.


Jun 13, 2020

final submission is bugged please look into it

By Asma M A A

Jul 19, 2019

It was a great first course in the speciality