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Applications of Blockchain

Monash University via FutureLearn Program

Overview

Blockchain applications are not just limited to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but also extended to different interdisciplinary sectors. This microcredential is for students to develop basic knowledge of blockchain technology and how they can be used in real-world scenarios such as payment systems or supply-chain management.

Through this microcredential you will develop an understanding of different blockchain systems, with a focus on the state-of-the-art knowledge for blockchain technologies including consensus, privacy-preserving protocols and smart contracts which are being rapidly adopted across a range of different industries.

Unlock the future of payment and contract technologies

The sudden rise in the value of Bitcoin and Ethereum have focused the conversation around blockchain on decentralised cryptocurrencies.

On this course, you will uncover the technology that underpins blockchain and review its key concepts, such as decentralisation and consensus algorithms.

You will assess and critique blockchain as an asset, and review the dynamics of the cryptocurrency markets. You will also explore the use of blockchain as a business solution.

Protect your business from attack

Explore the risks that exist in using blockchain technology and the considerations that businesses must make when implementing blockchain solutions. Understanding the steps that can be taken to defend malicious activity by attackers is something that those who work with blockchain cannot afford to overlook.

Learn with a world leading academic faculty and teaching team

Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology is ranked among the Top 100 in the world and is consistently producing world-class, innovative research that advances knowledge in computer science. This microcredential is created by Monash University’s Blockchain Technology Centre, which has the mission of bringing together world-leading expertise across Monash University to explore and develop the technology of blockchain — and create impact across different industrial and societal sectors.

Your Lead Educator Dr Jiangshan Yu is the Associate Director (Research) at Monash Blockchain Technology Centre.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: Blockchain basics, Bitcoin and Ethereum
-Increase your understanding of the components, algorithms and crypto that are crucial to the construction of a blockchain system

Course 2: Blockchain protocols, consensus and attacks
-Discover the protocols and consensus architecture that powers digital currencies and other blockchain systems

Course 3: Blockchain privacy, scalability and interoperability
-Uncover the blockchain technology associated with privacy, scalability and interoperability.

Taught by

Jiangshan Yu

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