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Week one introduction

Introduction to week one

Welcome to week one of the Decentralised Finance: Blockchain, Ethereum, and The Future of Banking course. This week we will focus on demystifying the world of DeFi. Watch Associate Professor Chris Berg and Professor Jason Potts from the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub talk about what you can expect from this week.

Over the course of this week, we will:

  • explore cryptocurrencies and the blockchain technology that supports them
  • introduce smart contracts and discuss their role in DeFi
  • discuss the significant role that DeFi is playing in finance
  • introduce you to the culture and community that supports DeFi

Upon completion of week one, you should better be able to:

  • define key DeFi terms
  • describe cryptocurrency and its blockchain foundation
  • explain the role of smart contracts in DeFi
  • differentiate DeFi from traditional, centralised finance (CeFi)

Share your thoughts

Before you dive into this week, share your thoughts with your fellow DeFi explorers. Why is DeFi interesting to you? What are you most interested in learning about DeFI from this course?

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