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Decentralised Finance: Blockchain, Ethereum, and The Future of Banking

Explore the future of decentralised finance and grow your understanding of blockchain-powered cryptocurrencies.

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Decentralised Finance: Blockchain, Ethereum, and The Future of Banking

Learn the latest on decentralising areas of finance & blockchains like Ethereum

Decentralised Finance (DeFi) is changing the future of banking and finance.

With the use of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, like Ethereum, DeFi doesn’t have to rely on traditional financial institutions.

On this course, you’ll discover what decentralised finance is, how it differs from traditional finance, and how it can put you a step ahead for the future.

Explore blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies

The first blockchain was conceptualised in 2008, and since then cryptocurrencies have boomed in popularity. This course takes an in-depth look at Decentralised Finance (DeFi) platforms and protocols, cryptocurrencies, decentralised exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets and the range of applications in DeFi.

You’ll also learn about Ethereum wallets, applications that allow holders to interact with their Ethereum accounts.

Understand different applications of DeFi

From exchanges and derivatives to payments and insurance, you’ll find out how decentralising areas of finance could make for a faster and fairer world in the future.

You’ll also begin to understand how blockchain applies to these more specific areas.

Learn from crypto-economic experts

The course is led by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at RMIT University, known for applying leading-edge research that engages with business and technology.

After completing the course, you’ll have a greater understanding of blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies and DeFi.

You’ll also know how these emerging technologies and policies are shaping the future of finance.

What topics will you cover?

  • Blockchain for finance
  • Decentralised currencies
  • Decentralised banking
  • Emerging Fintech
  • Blockchain policy

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Describe the key terms and elements of DeFi
  • Explain the risks associated with DeFi
  • Explore key DeFi interactions
  • Investigate the world of DeFi safely

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those with an interest in finance, investment, technology, and economics. More specifically, it’s for those that are intrigued by blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and what they mean for the future of finance.

Who will you learn with?

Jason Potts is a Distinguished Professor of Economics, Co-director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at RMIT. His research work focuses on the economics of innovation and new technologies.

Chris Berg is an Associate Professor at RMIT University, co-director of the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub, and author of 'Understanding the Blockchain Economy'

Head of education in RMIT's Blockchain Innovation Hub, Stuart is an established university learning and teaching leader, an experienced senior educator, and is an active researcher.

Who developed the course?

RMIT University

One of Australia’s original tertiary institutions, RMIT is a global university, with over 80,000 students, specialising in technology, design and enterprise.

  • Established

    1887
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 230Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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