About this Specialization

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Gain a fundamental understanding of blockchain technology and its components. Learn how such applications as cryptofinance makes use of the blockchain for decentralized, peer-to-peer transaction processing. Apply your knowledge of blockchain technology to enhance your trust and confidence in cryptocurrency trading and other situations where the blockchain is used.

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Beginner Level

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 4 months to complete

Suggested 3 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

The Blockchain

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stars
21 ratings
6 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Cryptography and Hashing Overview

4.7
stars
9 ratings
Course3

Course 3

The Merkle Tree and Cryptocurrencies

Course4

Course 4

The Blockchain System

4.8
stars
6 ratings

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  • 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.

  • 1​6 weeks

  • A general knowledge of computers and the Internet is helpful but not critical.

  • Y​es — each course builds upon the previous one.

  • N​o, university credit is not available for this specialization.

  • U​pon completing this specialization, you'll have a descriptive understanding of how blockchain technology works. This will enable you to pursue further study in such areas as computing (e.g. programming blockchain functionality) or build your confidence in applications built on the blockchain (e.g. cryptocurrencies).

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