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What you will learn

  • Explain how blockchain works.

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

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

  • Evaluate tradeoffs of blockchain as a business solution.

Skills you will gain

Cryptocurrencydecentralization algorithmsconsensus algorithmsBlockchainblockchain as a business solution
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Approx. 9 hours to complete
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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), 4 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
4 readings
Case Reading: Studying the Cryptocurrency Market10m
Case Reading: Risky Business10m
Course Feedback10m
Keep Learning with Michigan Online10m
2 practice exercises
Case Discussion Partcipation5m
End of Module Quiz30m

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