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Duke University

Blockchain Applications Certificate

Duke University via Coursera MasterTrack


Apply blockchain technology to real-world business challenges as you learn from a top-10 ranked university in the United States.

Learn how to use blockchain to solve real-world financial market challenges.

From bitcoin to blockchain, financial technology (FinTech) is changing the way we think about financial services. With blockchain technology serving as an encryption base for a variety of applications, understanding its use and limitations is a critical skill for leaders across industries.
In this program, you will complete a real module from Duke University’s Master of Engineering in Financial Technology program. Through these courses, you'll explore the history, current environment, and near-term outlook of FinTech, focusing on applications of blockchain technology.

Blockchain technology plays a significant part in what is characterized by the term “FinTech.” The immutability and transparency of the technology is facilitating both traditional transactions, for example; credit, supply chain, and voting, as well as new areas; IOT, digital currencies, identity management, and novel ways of incentivizing activity. Given the breadth of applications, the potential impact of blockchain technology on finance and beyond is extraordinary.

After you complete this program, you will be eligible for a scholarship and fast-tracked application process if you decide to apply to Duke University's Master of Engineering in FinTech program.

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Course 1: Foundations of Blockchain
- Much of the use of blockchain is tied to the concept of “stores of value.” Thus it is important to understand the history and context of monetary instruments, fiat currency, and the innovation that blockchain brings as a store of value and a tool for a broad range of business applications. In this introductory course, you will learn how to explain the origin and workings of blockchain technology.

Course 2: Transacting on the Blockchain
- One of the most prolific and public applications of blockchain technology is to cryptocurrencies. As such, it is important to understand how cryptocurrencies work and when it is appropriate to use them. Through this course, you will understand the key elements of blockchain technology and how to apply it across business models. You will also learn how to explain the value of “alternative” stores of value such as cryptocurrencies.

Course 3: Solving Problems with Blockchain
- This course will help you understand when to apply blockchain technology, and just as importantly, when blockchain does not add value. In this project, you will learn about distributed ledger technology, Bitcoin “tokenomics,” and how Bitcoin “bootstrapped” itself into existence. In this course, you will learn how to explain why and when blockchain isn’t appropriate (i.e. both the scope and the limitations of blockchain technology).


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