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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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What you will learn

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    Explain how blockchain works.

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    Articulate the key technical aspects, such as decentralization and consensus algorithms.

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    Describe the strengths and weaknesses of cryptocurrency as an asset and a payment mechanism.

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    Evaluate tradeoffs of blockchain as a business solution.

Skills you will gain

Cryptocurrencydecentralization algorithmsconsensus algorithmsBlockchainblockchain as a business solution

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 14 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction

1 hour to complete
2 videos (Total 14 min), 3 readings
2 videos
Fintech Innovations: Series Introduction8m
3 readings
Syllabus10m
Help Us Learn More About You!10m
Learning from a Case10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Introduction to Blockchain and Crypto

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 64 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
9 videos
Introduction to Blockchain5m
Classifying blockchain technologies7m
Identities on the Blockchain6m
Blockchain Data8m
Blockchain Network and Data Processing8m
Blockchain Consensus: What is it and Why do We Need It?4m
Blockchain Consensus: Generic Consensus Models13m
Putting the Concepts Together: Reading an Actual Blockchain4m
2 readings
Case Reading: Big Winnings10m
Case Reading: Beginning with Blockchain10m
2 practice exercises
Case Discussion Partcipation5m
End of Module Quiz30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Blockchain as an Asset

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 65 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Proof-of-work (Mining): Concept4m
Proof-of-work (mining): Implementation9m
Proof-of-work (Mining): Business Models10m
Examples of alternative consensus protocols: Proof-of-stake7m
Introduction to Ethereum6m
Smart contract: The Concept6m
Smart contract: The Application9m
2 readings
Case Reading: Mining for Bitcoin10m
Case Reading: Scoping Out Ethereum10m
2 practice exercises
Case Discussion Partcipation5m
End of Module Quiz30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Blockchain as a Business

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 55 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Buying and Selling Cryptocurrencies: Overview; Wallet & Key Storage13m
Buying and selling cryptocurrencies: Using crypto exchanges9m
Key crypto risk factors: Exchange risks7m
Key Crypto Risk Factors: Supply, Cybersecurity, and Centralization8m
Crypto Risk Factors: Utility and Sentiment8m
3 readings
Case Reading: Studying the Cryptocurrency Market10m
Case Reading: Risky Business10m
Course Feedback10m
2 practice exercises
Case Discussion Partcipation5m
End of Module Quiz30m

Instructors

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Robert Dittmar 

Professor of Finance
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
62 Learners
4 Courses
Image of instructor, Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu 

Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow​, Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations and Finance
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
62 Learners
4 Courses

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About the Financial Technology (Fintech) Innovations Specialization

This specialization is intended to familiarize learners with a broad range of financial technologies. While finance has always been at the forefront of technological innovation, the financial industry is changing rapidly in the face of new technology. In the past, at the forefront of innovation in finance were central governments and financial institutions. Today, information technology firms and professionals are leading innovation in the financial industry. Our goal is to show learners the genesis and use cases of the technology. We hope to familiarize professionals sufficiently with the technology that they can utilize and adapt the technologies in their careers....
Financial Technology (Fintech) Innovations

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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