About this Specialization

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Learner Career Outcomes
56%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
20%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

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Flexible Schedule

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Intermediate Level

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

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 11 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic

What you will learn

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    Understand smart contracts, a core idea and computational model of blockchain that enables automation, autonomy, scalability and transparency.

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    Have an understanding and working knowledge of the emerging blockchain technology.

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    How to design and program smart contracts and decentralized application.

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    How to think of innovative application models, leveraging the blockchain technology.

Skills you will gain

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Learner Career Outcomes
56%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
20%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Intermediate Level

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

Approx. 2 months to complete

Suggested 11 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Korean, Vietnamese, Arabic

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Blockchain Basics

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Course2

Course 2

Smart Contracts

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Course3

Course 3

Decentralized Applications (Dapps)

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Course4

Course 4

Blockchain Platforms

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Instructor

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Bina Ramamurthy 

Teaching Professor
Computer Science and Engineering Department
47,668 Learners
4 Courses

Offered by

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University at Buffalo

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The State University of New York

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but learners can expect to complete the Specialization in 4 to 6 months.

  • Knowledge of at least one modern, high-level programming language is required. Learners should have an understanding of object-oriented design and programming, as well as the command line interface of a Linux-like system. This object-oriented knowledge is necessary for understanding and designing a smart contract. Basic working knowledge of web applications, HTML and javascript are necessary for developing Dapps. Also required is 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+.

  • It is important that learners take the courses in order, since the concepts and projects are developed based on the previous course, as described below.

    · The first course focuses on essential concepts and does not require programming.

    · The second course explores the smart contract, gradually building the skills to program smart contracts in Solidity and test them using the Remix IDE. It features a programming project.

    · The third course drills deeper into developing end-to-end applications for the blockchain. It features interaction of a blockchain ecosystem with traditional web applications. Learners will develop applications and a project in the Truffle environment.

    · The fourth course introduces other blockchain platforms and business applications. Learners will compose a white paper that compares industry blockchain platforms.

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  • On completion of this specialization, a learner will recognize foundational concepts of blockchain, and apply these program concepts on the blockchain, including:

    · Algorithms and techniques enabling trust in a decentralized peer-to-peer network

    · Transactions, account, block and the structure of a blockchain

    · The distributed immutable ledger of transactions

    · Smart contracts, a core idea and computational model of blockchain that enables automation, autonomy, scalability and transparency

    · The blockchain application stack and orchestrating blockchain Dapp solutions for business use cases

    · Ongoing industry-wide blockchain efforts, such as Hyperledger (supply chain) and R3 Corda (financial)

    More specifically, on successful completion of the specialization, a learner will able to

    · Have an understanding and working knowledge of the emerging blockchain technology

    · Design and program smart contracts and decentralized application

    · Evaluate the applicability of the blockchain technology to their current business problems

    · Think of innovative application models leveraging the blockchain technology

    · Contribute to protocol improvement of the blockchain

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