Introduction to Blockchain certificate program

The Blockchain certificate introduces learners to the fundamentals of Blockchain. Through interactive labs, learners can execute smart contracts and are introduced to Bitcoin. Blockchain's impact in the critical industry sectors is discussed: Finance and Business, Law, and Medicine. Students learn about Blockchain's impact on jobs and everyday life and ever-changing security, privacy, and regulatory laws.

Format: completely online, 6-week courses
Starts: Monday, October 12, 2020
Engagement:  topical discussions on foundational course content, and current articles and media
Commitment:  approximately 5-10h per week; 30-60 hours total for the program
Assessments and certification: successful completion of weekly assignments earns a Certificate of completion from the College of Engineering at WSU (Wayne State University)
Cost

  • WSU enrolled students:  $250/course
  • WSU Alums:  $600/course
  • Others:  $1,200/course

Technology requirement: Any laptop or smartphone with internet access

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Course Materials

Course materials will be available electronically at the start of the course.

Grading

INDIVIDUAL ASSESSMENTS: Individual assessments are not timed and are multiple-choice questions.

ENGAGEMENT: You must make at least 2 posts, per week. Your posts/comments can either be on the Course Feed or Course Help sections. For example, you can make 1 newsfeed and 1 discussion comment, 2 newsfeed comments or 2 discussion comments each week and receive full credit.

LAB SESSIONS:

  • Lab sessions do not contribute to final certification grade.
  • Labs involve running simulations on creating a blockchain, creating a simple smart contract and blockchain cryptography.

Course Schedule by Week

Week Topics Engagement Individual Assessment Lab Sessions
1

Does a Blockchain Represent a Fundamental Shift in Human Transactions?

Engagement-1

Individual Assessment-1

Lab 1 – Create a Blockchain

2

Can Blockchain Make Us More Secure?

Engagement-2

Individual Assessment-2

3

What are the Important Cryptocurrencies? And How Many More Will There Be?

Engagement-3

Individual Assessment-3

Lab 2 – Smart Contracts

4

Blockchain and the Transformation of Finance, Banking, Law, and Logistics

Engagement-4

Individual Assessment-4

5

Is My Data Private, and Safe, in Blockchain?

Engagement-5

Individual Assessment-5

Lab 3 – Blockchain Cryptography 101

6

How Will Blockchain Transform Global Business?

Engagement-6

Individual Assessment-6