Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology Explained

Will blockchain change the world? Explore blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency market with the University of Michigan.

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology Explained

  • Duration 4 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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This course is part of the Innovations in Fintech program, which will enable you to Discover the future of fintech, from blockchain to AI investing.

Consider the strengths and weaknesses of blockchain for business

The sudden rise in the value of Bitcoin (and its subsequent decline) focused the world’s attention on using cryptocurrencies for payment.

Blockchain technology powers Bitcoin and has been hyped as the next new, transformative technology.

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

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to Fintech
  • Introduction to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency
  • Blockchain as an Asset
  • Blockchain as a Business

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explain how blockchain works
  • Describe the key technical aspects, such as decentralization and consensus algorithms
  • Describe the strengths and weaknesses of cryptocurrency as an asset and a payment mechanism.
  • Evaluate the tradeoffs of blockchain as a business solution

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in understanding cutting edge financial technologies.

This course will be of particular interest to learners with a background in finance, development, or business leadership and learning how to develop and use new financial technologies in their own context.

Who developed the course?

University of Michigan

As the #1 public research university in the United States, U-M has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years, with 102 Grad programs in the top 10 — U.S. News & World Report (2019).

  • Established1817
  • LocationAnn Arbor, Michigan, USA
  • World rankingTop 30Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

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