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Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications

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14 weeks
149 USD
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14 weeks
149 USD
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Course description

Blockchain: Understanding Its Uses and Implications

Blockchain technology is changing how businesses operate. With trust built into blockchain solutions, it is important to understand how this new technology is different and how it works in comparison with technologies of the past.

First, we cover the main concepts of what blockchain is and some of its major characteristics. We take you through the important players in this diverse community. We discuss how it began, first introduced for the administration of the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, and how it is now applied to all aspects of business including government, banking, supply chains, and other industries.

Next, we analyze the mechanics of blockchains and how they work. We will cover the concept of transparent ledgers, public and permissioned, and focus on using cryptography to achieve consensus, immutability, and transparency. This is all part of blockchain's ability to provide "trusted data from untrusted sources", disrupting traditional accounting methodologies and international trade.

We will cover some of the functions of blockchain. You will discover the power of the smart contract, the building blocks for transactions on the blockchain. You will gain an understanding of the different blockchain structures and how start up decisions influence how your blockchain deals with security, identity, consensus, and governance.

We then dive into the various methods of blockchain governance. You will understand how different governance models dictate how your blockchain operates, and gain insight into consortiums and how this transformative technology is creating new avenues of communication.

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Training content

  • Introduction to Blockchain
  • Blockchain Mechanics
  • Blockchain Functions
  • Blockchains and Governance
  • Blockchain Problem Solving and Future Trends
  • Blochain use Cases
  • Final Exam

Course delivery details

This course is offered through The Linux Foundation, a partner institute of EdX.

2-3 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$149
  • Audit Track - Free

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What you'll learn

  • Discuss blockchain technologies.
  • Understand why Blockchain is a transformative technology with potential for change around the world.
  • Understand how blockchain is solving problems that were difficult in the past.
  • Discuss blockchain use cases in production today.

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