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

Approx. 15 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese

What you will learn

  • 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

Learner Career Outcomes

38%

started a new career after completing these courses

23%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

20%

got a pay increase or promotion
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Course 4 of 4 in the
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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. 15 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese

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The State University of New York

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Permissioned Blockchains

4 hours to complete
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

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Decentralized Applications Platforms

2 hours to complete
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

Week 3

4 hours to complete

Challenges & Solutions

4 hours to complete
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

Week 4

5 hours to complete

Alternative Decentralized Solutions

5 hours to complete
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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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 a broad overview of the fervent developments taking place in the blockchain landscape, the practical applications that illustrate unique features of blockchain technology – namely decentralization, disintermediation and distributed immutable ledger – and approaches for ongoing improvements in privacy and scalability. It provides learners with an opportunity to learn about the permissioned blockchain in Hyperledger Fabric, the samples of the disruptive Dapps in energy retailer (Grid+) and prediction markets (Augur) and other decentralized developments in IPFS and Hashgraph that may help enrich the blockchain technologies.

  • Review of the content of the first course (Blockchain Basics), second course (Smart Contracts), and third course (Decentralized Applications) of this specialization are prerequisites. Knowledge of at least one 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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