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Online Course: Bitcoin And Cryptocurrencies

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Online Course: Bitcoin And Cryptocurrencies

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edX platform offers the opportunity to attend free online course in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies provided by UC Berkeley's premier Computer Science department. Students will learn the fundamentals of Bitcoin and the Cryptocurrency space, including the basics of smart contracts, the Ethereum platform and how to build decentralized applications.

Eligibility

This course has no formal prerequisites. However, cryptocurrency and blockchain are technical in nature, so coming into the course with knowledge of computer science or cryptography will be helpful.

Course Syllabus

Bitcoin Protocol & Consensus: A High-Level Overview

This module begins with some fundamental concepts such as the basic properties and intent of centralized/decentralized currency. It then builds an in-depth understanding of Bitcoin from the ground up, divided into four stages: Identity, Transactions, Record Keeping, and Consensus.

Blockchain History: From the Cypherpunk Movement to JP Morgan Chase

This module delves into the origins and historical significance of Bitcoin. It gives students a look into the roots of Bitcoin in the Cypherpunk movement and Libertarian ideals. Students will examine the revolutionary significance of Bitcoin as opposed to some of its early predecessors. The module then moves onto exploring the history of the crypto space as a whole.

Bitcoin Mechanics & Optimizations: A Technical Overview

This module examines the in-depth mechanics behind Bitcoin, such as the Bitcoin network, cryptography and cryptographic hash functions, Bitcoin Script, privacy, and hash commitment schemes.

Bitcoin In Real Life: Wallets, Mining, and More

This module examines the most frequently used real-world aspects of Bitcoin, such as wallets, wallet mechanics, mining, transactions, and Bitcoin governance. It explains the various ways one can interface with the Bitcoin network, depending on the specific software they run.

Game Theory & Network Attacks: How to Destroy Bitcoin

This module looks into how to destroy Bitcoin, including various network attacks. Specifically, it looks into vulnerabilities such as pool cannibalization, double spending and forking attacks, network attacks, the Goldfinger attack, malicious mining profit strategies, and 51% attacks.

Ethereum & Smart Contracts: Enabling a Decentralized Future

This module focuses on the properties behind the second largest blockchain platform, Ethereum. It introduces the Ethereum Virtual Machine and the idea of Turing completeness, and examines some of the key protocol differences between Bitcoin and Ethereum, such as the UTXO vs. accounts model and functionality. It then looks into some of the use cases of Ethereum, and concludes with an overview of smart contracts and building decentralized applications. Having spent the last modules primarily on cryptocurrencies, this module encourages students to think about blockchain use cases outside of cryptocurrency.

What you'll learn

  1. The basic properties and intent of centralized/decentralized currency and an in-depth understanding of Bitcoin from the ground up, including - Identity, Transactions, Record Keeping, and Consensus.
  2. The roots of Bitcoin in the Cypherpunk movement and Libertarian ideals, and the revolutionary significance of Bitcoin as opposed to some of its early predecessors.
  3. The mechanics behind Bitcoin, such as the Bitcoin network, cryptography and cryptographic hash functions, Bitcoin Script, privacy, and hash commitment schemes.
  4. Real-world aspects of Bitcoin, such as wallets, wallet mechanics, mining, transactions, and Bitcoin governance and the various ways one can interface with the Bitcoin network.
  5. How to destroy Bitcoin, including various network attacks. 
  6. The properties behind the second largest blockchain platform, Ethereum, including the Ethereum Virtual Machine and the idea of Turing completeness, the key protocol differences between Bitcoin and Ethereum, the use cases of Ethereum.

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Eligibility

Nationality
United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
Any Country
Gender
Both gender
Interest
Technology, Finance

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
Anyone Interested
Funding
Partial funding
Opportunity Coverage
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Required Specialties
All Specialties
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
Required Languages
English
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