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Knowledge of at least one modern, high-level programming language is required.

Approx. 19 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic

What you will learn

  • A learner will be able to recognize foundational concepts of blockchain, and apply these program concepts on the blockchain.

Skills you will gain

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Learner Career Outcomes

38%

started a new career after completing these courses

39%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

12%

got a pay increase or promotion
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Course 1 of 4 in the
Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level

Knowledge of at least one modern, high-level programming language is required.

Approx. 19 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Blockchain Defined

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 26 min), 6 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
Blockchain Defined: Bitcoin & Blockchain8m
Blockchain Structure5m
Basic Operations4m
Beyond Bitcoin3m
6 readings
Acknowledgements: Blockchain5m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Bitcoin & Blockchain15m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Blockchain Structure12m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Basic Operations10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Beyond Bitcoin18m
REQUIRED Quiz Resources and Directions: Blockchain Defined - Week 110m
5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Blockchain Defined - Week 130m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Ethereum Blockchain

4 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 19 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
Practitioner's Perspective: The Enterprise2m
Ethereum Structure4m
Ethereum Operations2m
Incentive Model4m
5 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Smart Contracts15m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Ethereum Structure10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Ethereum Operations12m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Incentive Model10m
REQUIRED Quiz Resources and Directions: Ethereum Blockchain - Week 210m
5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Ethereum Blockchain - Week 230m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Algorithms & Techniques

4 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 21 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
4 videos
Hashing5m
Transaction Integrity3m
Securing Blockchain4m
5 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Public-Key Cryptography12m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Hashing30m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Transaction Integrity15m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Securing Blockchain10m
REQUIRED Quiz Resources and Directions: Algorithms & Techniques - Week 310m
5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Algorithms & Techniques - Week 330m
Week
4

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Trust Essentials

7 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 19 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
5 videos
Consensus Protocol2m
Practitioner's Perspective: Decentralized Governance2m
Robustness5m
Forks4m
5 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Decentralized Systems20m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Consensus Protocol1h
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Robustness5m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Forks10m
Blockchain Basics: Key Takeaways5m
5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Trust Essentials - Week 430m

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About the Blockchain Specialization

This specialization introduces blockchain, a revolutionary technology that enables peer-to-peer transfer of digital assets without any intermediaries, and is predicted to be just as impactful as the Internet. More specifically, it prepares learners to program on the Ethereum blockchain. The four courses provide learners with (i) an understanding and working knowledge of foundational blockchain concepts, (ii) a skill set for designing and implementing smart contracts, (iii) methods for developing decentralized applications on the blockchain, and (iv) information about the ongoing specific industry-wide blockchain frameworks. The specialization covers a range of essential topics, from the cryptographic underpinnings of blockchain technology to enabling decentralized applications on a private Ethereum blockchain platform. It is ideal for programmers and designers involved in developing and implementing blockchain applications, and anyone who is interested in understanding its potential....
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  • This course is for anyone interested in obtaining a broad overview of blockchain technology. Along with the other courses of the Blockchain specialization, it provides the foundation needed for developers who seek to design and develop smart contracts (the focus of the second course) and decentralized applications (the focus of the third course) on the blockchain. Though there are no technical prerequisites for this course, motivation to learn novel techniques and essential foundations is critical to understanding blockchain concepts and interacting with the blockchain.

  • Knowledge of at least one modern, high-level programming language is required.

  • A laptop or a desktop of this specification: 64 bit machine with minimum 4Gb ram, 10Gb free space and Windows 7 or above , or ubuntu 16.04 or Mac os x 10.0+.

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