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Specialization

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Beginner Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 ½ hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

What you will learn

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    A learner will be able to recognize foundational concepts of blockchain, and apply these program concepts on the blockchain.

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Specialization

Course 1 of 4 in the

100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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

Hours to complete

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 3 ½ hours per week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Blockchain Defined

We will introduce and define blockchain, explain the structure and operational aspects of Bitcoin blockchain, and compare different types of blockchains....
Reading
5 videos (Total 26 min), 6 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Blockchain Defined: Bitcoin & Blockchain8m
Blockchain Structure5m
Basic Operations4m
Beyond Bitcoin3m
Reading6 readings
Acknowledgements: Blockchain5m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Bitcoin & Blockchain15m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Blockchain Structure12m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Basic Operations10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Beyond Bitcoin18m
REQUIRED Quiz Resources and Directions: Blockchain Defined - Week 110m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Blockchain Defined - Week 130m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Ethereum Blockchain

We will discuss the innovation of the Ethereum blockchain, review its protocol, and explore the payment model for code execution....
Reading
5 videos (Total 19 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video5 videos
Practitioner's Perspective: The Enterprise2m
Ethereum Structure4m
Ethereum Operations2m
Incentive Model4m
Reading5 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Smart Contracts15m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Ethereum Structure10m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Ethereum Operations12m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Incentive Model10m
REQUIRED Quiz Resources and Directions: Ethereum Blockchain - Week 210m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Ethereum Blockchain - Week 230m
Week
3
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Algorithms & Techniques

We will discuss the concept of asymmetric key encryption, define the concept of hashing, and explain techniques that use algorithms to manage the integrity of transactions and blocks in blockchain....
Reading
4 videos (Total 21 min), 5 readings, 5 quizzes
Video4 videos
Hashing5m
Transaction Integrity3m
Securing Blockchain4m
Reading5 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Public-Key Cryptography12m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Hashing30m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Transaction Integrity15m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Securing Blockchain10m
REQUIRED Quiz Resources and Directions: Algorithms & Techniques - Week 310m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Algorithms & Techniques - Week 330m
Week
4
Hours to complete
7 hours to complete

Trust Essentials

We will define elements of trust in blockchain and discuss the Consensus protocol....
Reading
5 videos (Total 19 min), 5 readings, 6 quizzes
Video5 videos
Consensus Protocol2m
Practitioner's Perspective: Decentralized Governance2m
Robustness5m
Forks4m
Reading5 readings
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Decentralized Systems20m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Consensus Protocolm
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Robustness5m
(OPTIONAL) Resources: Forks10m
Blockchain Basics: Key Takeaways5m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Self-Check30m
Trust Essentials - Week 430m
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Top Reviews

By TTNov 19th 2018

This is an introductory course to Blockchain. The supplemented material (in other words self-study) is excellent and in my opinion is the only way to master the concepts and details of this discipline

By SSJul 28th 2018

I find this course helpful to absolute beginner and for one who wants to grasp the basic concepts of Blockchain . The tutor tried to explain most part with simplicity and good and sufficient details.

Instructor

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Bina Ramamurthy

Teaching Professor
Computer Science and Engineering Department

About University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo (UB) is a premier, research-intensive public university and the largest, most comprehensive institution of the State University of New York (SUNY) system. UB offers more than 100 undergraduate degrees and nearly 300 graduate and professional programs....

About The State University of New York

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • 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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