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Intermediate Level

Knowledge of at least one high-level programming language is required. Prerequisites: Blockchain Basics, Smart Contracts, and Decentralized Apps.

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 ½ hours per week...

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Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese

What you will learn

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    This fourth course of the Blockchain specialization provides learners with an understanding of the broader blockchain ecosystem.

Skills you will gain

HyperledgerMicrosoft AzureBlockchain PlatformsGrid+Augur

Course 4 of 4 in the

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Intermediate Level

Knowledge of at least one high-level programming language is required. Prerequisites: Blockchain Basics, Smart Contracts, and Decentralized Apps.

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 ½ hours per week...

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Permissioned Blockchains

In this module, we will explore the contributions of two major technology organizations: The Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Fabric and Microsoft Azure’s Blockchain as a Service.

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11 videos (Total 57 min), 7 readings, 6 quizzes
11 videos
Hyperledger (Part 1)6m
Hyperledger (Part 2)4m
Fabric Services4m
Fabric Model & Functions (Part 1)5m
Fabric Model & Functions (Part 2)4m
Composer3m
Composer (Demo) (Part 1)6m
Composer (Demo) (Part 2)6m
Composer (Demo) (Part 3)7m
Microsoft Azure5m
7 readings
Acknowledgements: Blockchain5m
(Optional) Resources: Linux's Hyperledger10m
(Optional) Resources: Fabric Services25m
(Optional) Resources: Fabric Model & Functions15m
[OPTIONAL] Composer Demo Files30m
(Optional) Resources: Composer15m
(Optional) Resources: Microsoft Azure10m
6 practice exercises
Self-Check6m
Self-Check4m
Self-Check4m
Self-Check2m
Self-Check30m
Permissioned Blockchains - Week 130m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Decentralized Applications Platforms

We will explore two Dapps: Augur and Grid+ which are both implemented on Ethereum. You, too, can be a participant in these Dapps platforms, if you wish to do so.

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5 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
5 videos
Augur (Part 1)5m
Augur (Part 2)6m
Grid+ (Part 1)6m
Grid+ (Part 2)6m
2 readings
(Optional) Resources: Augur25m
(Optional) Resources: Grid+20m
3 practice exercises
Self-Check10m
Self-Check10m
Decentralized Applications Platforms - Week 230m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Challenges & Solutions

We will explore just a few of the important challenges and solutions that are continuously innovating Blockchain.

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5 videos (Total 25 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
5 videos
Consensus5m
Scalability7m
Privacy & Confidentiality3m
Escrow & Multi-sig7m
4 readings
(Optional) Resources: Consensus15m
(Optional) Resources: Scalability35m
(Optional) Resources: Privacy & Confidentiality10m
(Optional) Resources: Escrow & Multi-ig25m
5 practice exercises
Self-Check6m
Self-Check6m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Challenges & Solutions - Week 330m
Week
4
5 hours to complete

Alternative Decentralized Solutions

We will explore the Interplanetary File System (IPFS) that aims to address the decentralized data storage problem and Hashgraph, which aims to solve the decentralized trust problem.

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8 videos (Total 42 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
8 videos
Interplanetary File System (Part 1)5m
Interplanetary File System (Part 2)4m
Interplanetary File System (Demo)6m
Hashgraph (Part 1)7m
Hashgraph (Part 2)7m
Blockchain: Social Imperative4m
Practitioner's Perspective: Market Adoption4m
5 readings
(Optional) Resources: Interplanetary File System1h
(Optional) Resources: Hashgraph30m
(Optional) Resources: Blockchain: Social Imperative5m
Blockchain Platforms: Key Takeaways10m
REQUIRED: Quiz Resources1h
4 practice exercises
Self-Check14m
Self-Check10m
Self-Check4m
Alternative Decentralized Solutions1h
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Top reviews from Blockchain Platforms

By LMMar 6th 2019

I think the course was very well planned. The videos were short and crisp. I also liked the additional reading material suggested which greatly helped understanding the detailed concepts.

By PRFeb 19th 2019

indeed a great experience doing the course, as well as the specialization!! Definitely would love to venture into Blockchain as a career option!!

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Bina Ramamurthy

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Computer Science and Engineering Department

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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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