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Blockchain Foundations (BCF) – Course Overview

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Duration: 15 Hours

Delivery: Online On-Demand / Self-Paced Mentor Supported – 15 Hours

Instructor(s): Bryant Nielson, Adi Ben-Ari, Kartik Natarajan

Office Hours:      10:00 AM  to  6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

Email: studentsupport@blockchainhub360.com

Prerequisites: None

Continuing Education Units: 1.5

Microcredential Exam: Blockchain Foundations

Certification Body: Blockchain Certification Association

Course Overview:

This course is an introduction to the world of blockchain, bitcoin and distributed ledgers. You will learn the basics, look at how blockchain works, explore Bitcoin, review blockchain’ s brief and fascinating history, and show you the practical usage of this technology.   The objective of the course is to provide a solid foundation for those looking to gain a deeper understanding and learn how it will affect nearly all business areas.  With a firm focus on, but not entirely limited to the finance industry we will look at use cases that are already in the market, as well as emerging use cases set to alter how we operate businesses, and safeguard our personal information. 

Course Composition:

Online On-Demand: Blockchain Foundations Modules 1 – 15

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize what blockchain is, and what it is not (it’s not bitcoin!)
  • Understand blockchain fundamentals and how the technology will disrupt most industries
  • Distinguish Public vs Private blockchains
  • Identify key blockchain resources and communities

Demonstration of Learning Outcomes:  

At the conclusion of the Blockchain Foundations course students will be able to understand and articulate the core concepts of Blockchain technology that are, or soon will be, commonly used across most industries to solve large-scale problems and invent new ways of conducting business. 

Evaluation: Evaluation is based on participation and a final exam. 


50% participation

50% on the final grade 

80% overall grade is required in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Grading Policy: Pass or Fail.   No Credit (NC).

Attendance Requirements:

Students are expected to complete all online self-paced modules and assessments.  Certificate of Completion will not be issued until all online modules are complete, including the final exam.  

Student conduct and etiquette:

Students will be expected to be courteous in their conduct and communications to the instructor and classmates at all times whether such conduct or communication is in person, by telephone or electronic communications.

Behavior that persistently or grossly interferes with instructor or other student activities is considered disruptive behavior and may be subject to disciplinary action. Such behavior inhibits other students’ ability to learn and an instructor’s ability to teach. The instructor may require a student responsible for disruptive behavior to leave the learning environment pending discussion and resolution of the problem and may report a disruptive student to the Student Affairs Office

Note: Disruptions, or any other distraction in the learning environment may result in a failing grade.

Course Evaluations 

Course evaluations and program surveys are important components of the educational process.  Students are encouraged to complete the student course evaluation form issued at the conclusion of the course.  The evaluation is anonymous. 

Computer/Information Literacy Expectations for Students enrolled in this class

Students in this class are expected to:

  1. Use a word processing program for writing assignments (e.g., Microsoft Word)
  2. Be able to access assigned websites through the internet
  3. Have access to PC or mobile device for participation in course content

Course Module Overview:


Module 1: Blockchain Basics 1

Origins of Blockchain


How Bitcoin Works

Other Consensus Methods

Module 2: Blockchain Basics

Public vs Private Blockchains


Permissioned vs Permissionless

Module 3: Cryptography

Terms and Definitions

Hash Functions

Module 4: Blockchains Security

Blockchain Security – a primer

Consensus engines on Blockchains

Decentralization of computing architectures

Module 5: Accessing Utilities KU and TX and Wallets

Public / Private Keys / Wallets

Passphrase-Encrypted Wallets (AKA BIP38)


Module 6: Blockchain Smart Contracts





Module 7: Blockchain Pros & Cons

Speed, cost and latency


Public vs Private Blockchains

Open source vs proprietary

Module 8: Current State of Blockchain

Bitcoin Blockchain

Ethereum  / Eris / Tendermint / BigChainDB


Module 9: Review of Public Blockchain apps




Module 10: Governments & Regulation

Who regulates it?

Currently regulatory landscape

US, UK and EU  government view

Module 11: Use case deep dive

Blockchain in global financing

Use of blockchain to create efficient interactions

Blockchain used to resolve business interactions

Central Banks use of Blockchain

Module 12:  DAO

How does it work

How was it funded

What happened with the DAO attack?

What are the ramifications of the DAO attack?

Module 13: Regulatory Reporting

What is regulatory reporting

RegTech – a deeper look

Transaction reporting via the blockchain

Simplify complex systems

Module 14:  Breakout Session

Payments / Remittances



Module 15: – The Future of Blockchain

The Future – A vision statement

Threat or opportunity?

The future of Banking and Finance

Blockchain applications in Finance

Adoption of Blockchain by Central Banks

The Distributed Autonomous Organization