A working knowledge of algebra and coding, although no advanced calculus or programming is required.
The course aims to forge a solid knowledge of cryptocurrencies and the underlying blockchain technology, from foundations to applications. The student will confront practical explanations and exercises giving them the right perspective to understand and employ this innovation in different business areas, with focus on finance.
Description / Program
The course provides the foundations on blockchain technology, from public protocols such as Bitcoin and Ethereum to enterprise solutions, needed to understand and develop business applications. We explain the transition from traditional monetary systems to digital currencies, the use of smart contracts for financial agreements, the practice of ICOs, the cryptocurrency market,fiscal and legal issues, several use cases.
Learning Method / Style of Lessons
Lessons will be held either with projected slides and on the whiteboard. Few lessons will require an online computer with some software (see below Requested Material).
Students will be evaluated based on an in-class final, consisting of theoretical questions and exercises. An optional project work will be proposed to students.
A set of handouts will be delivered.
The students will use Excel and a user friendly open-source GUI for a Blockchain network.
The internet will be used often also during lectures.
While some readings will be suggested, there is no required textbook for the course.
Lesson 1: Current Monetary and Payment Systems
Lesson 2: Introduction to Cryptocurrencies
Lesson 3: Foundations of Blockchain Technology
Lesson 4: Understanding Bitcoin
Lesson 5: The Cryptocurrency Market
Lesson 6: Ethereum and Smart Contracts
Lesson 7: Hands-on with blockchain and smart contracts
Lesson 9: Private Blockchains
Lesson 10: Business Applications
Lesson 11: Decentralizing Financial Services
Lesson 12: Initial Coin Offerings
Lesson 13: Fiscal, Legal, and Regulatory issues
Lesson 14: A detailed Case study: advanced financial products