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Introduction to Blockchain for Business

Gain crucial skills to prepare you for the next wave of blockchain technology as you discover how it will be used in your sector.

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Explore blockchain benefits with the University of Adelaide

Blockchain is now being applied to all business sectors and looks set to be a core element of business as usual in the near future. Though it will change sectors dramatically, it will also present significant opportunities for those with the expertise and know-how.

This three-week course from the University of Adelaide will help you get ahead in adopting this new technology as you learn how blockchain will be relevant in your sector.

You’ll explore real-world examples of using blockchain across industries to help you gain practical skills. This knowledge will help you prepare for – and take advantage of – this next wave of technology.

Explore the history of blockchain

You’ll start by unpacking the history and operation of blockchain to understand where it comes from, how it works at a functional level, and how it is different from current systems.

With this understanding, you’ll grasp how blockchain presents new opportunities for business and how it could impact you.

Delve into blockchain applications in the professional sector

Next, explore use cases as you examine blockchain in its main application areas, such as accounting, finance, and law.

This exploration will help you gain a practical understanding of how blockchain can be applied to professional services.

Discover the applications of blockchain in the industry sector

Then, learn about blockchain in industry sectors such as supply chains, provenance, and healthcare. This knowledge will help you uncover how blockchain is moving into different business sectors, including yours, and the different opportunities this presents.

Guided by the experts at the University of Adelaide, you’ll finish the course with a sound understanding of blockchain, helping you get ahead of this emerging technology.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds By now, most of you would have heard the term Bitcoin, which is an independent global digital currency that was launched on January 3rd, 2009. Shortly after an anonymous author posted its blueprints to a public forum. Beginning trading at less than $0.01, the price of the Bitcoin reached a staggering all time high of just over 68,000 USD by late 2021, with some $1.3 trillion worth of Bitcoin being held worldwide. However, it’s the underlying technology that makes Bitcoin work that is the real story. This technology is called blockchain and much like the invention of the internet before it, blockchains are poised to revolutionise the digital world, impacting most, if not all, professions and sectors.

Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds This course is an introduction to this new technology. It explains how blockchains work before delving into a number of ways it can provide new opportunities for businesses around the world. The course focuses on practical applications of blockchain. It has been designed to provide a solid grounding for you to venture further into this new and exciting space. So enroll today and begin your journey towards harnessing the power of blockchain in your work or business.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1: Overview of blockchains and their operation

  • What actually is blockchain and why does it matter?
  • How do blockchains work?
  • Where did blockchain come from and where is it going?

Week 2: Blockchain applications in the professional sector

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Law

Week 3: Blockchain applications in the industry sector

  • Supply chains
  • Healthcare
  • Built environment

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

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 what a blockchain is and how it works.
  • Discuss how and why blockchains can bring forth new opportunities for businesses and the wider society.
  • Explain how blockchain technology offers unique opportunities and challenges for the accounting, finance and law professions, and the supply chain, health care and built environment sectors.
  • Describe the importance of adapting current practices to accommodate the transition to blockchain.
  • Reflect on insights into the expected pace of change, along with examples of early movers.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for those with no prior knowledge of blockchain.

Blockchain application has already begun. This course aims to fill this crucial knowledge-gap to arm you with the understanding of blockchain in your sector.

Who will you learn with?

Charlie is fascinated by disruptive technologies and industries and how they can provide new opportunities to societies around the world.

Who developed the course?

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is a world-class teaching and research institution. They are committed to developing quality students and lifelong learners who are recognised for their skills, creativity, global outlook and ability to succeed.

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    Top 110Source: QS World University Rankings 2023

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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