Blockchain Technologies

Scroll down to content
* There are no formal prerequisites for the Program in Blockchain Technologies

Online Class.

noun_1697458_cc$760 per class

noun_553913_cc.png30 students, instructor mentored

noun_1698556_cc10 week class

noun_1474611_cc6-10 hrs per week

noun_985270_cc100% online, instructor led

or

Certificate Program Online.

noun_1697458_cc$6,110 (estimated)

noun_1698556_cc24 week part-time

Learn How To

  • Recognize the mechanics behind Blockchain Technologies, how it works, and what the future holds for Blockchain applications
  • Explain the kinds of technical applications, products, and services are best suited for Blockchain Technologies
  • Understand Cryptocurrencies and the Crypto Ecosystem, including Bitcoin and Ethereum
  • Determine related software technologies that are used to build Blockchain products and services
  • Learn methodologies and tools to apply Blockchain theories and use cases using a wide range of real data
  • Explain common misconceptions, challenges, and the hardware needed for Blockchain Technologies

Become a Master in  

  • The Blockchain Ecosystem
  • The Blockchain Application Development Process
  • Understand and explain the difference between a Proof of work and Proof of stake algorithm

Audience for classes

  • Marketing professionals
  • Sales professionals
  • Fintech professionals
  • Technologists
  • Business Analysts
  • Computer Engineer
  • Computer Scientists
  • Data Scientists
  • Researchers

blockchain app development, blockchain programming

Program Description

In 2018, Blockchain Technologies and its various applications are extending into the mainstream business community at an exponential rate. Governments, Banks, Insurance companies, Technology Start-Ups and Venture Capital firms are all actively engaging in building new products and services on Blockchain technologies because the technology can work for almost every type of transaction involving value.  Products such as smart contracts, financial agreements and cryptocurrencies are creating massive amounts of hype for Blockchain technologies.  Any online product or service that requires a coded transaction is ripe for a Blockchain application.

In this program, you will be introduced to Blockchain Technologies as a concept and their vast applications. But what is a Blockchain Technology, and what makes it unique? A Blockchain is an online open ledger for anyone and everyone to see. This ledger has a serious level of encryption, through some sophisticated mathematics that makes it impossible to have its content altered. The most popularized example of a Blockchain technology product is Bitcoin, a peer to peer digital currency that has grown by a factor of 500% in 2017. But there are many other Blockchain applications, new products and services being built to capitalize on this new technology protocol. For starters, there are over 950 new cryptocurrencies, including Ethereum, Ethereum classic, Litecoin, Monero, Neo, Cordano and Eos, the list goes on. The applications for Blockchain technologies are limitless and here comes the hype.

This program has been designed to help meet the expanding needs of business and industry for professionals who can effectively utilize critical Blockchain Technology knowledge to add value to their businesses and future careers. According to PwC FinTech director Jeremy Drane, the number one issue facing the Blockchain industry is a lack of talent. An experienced Blockchain programmer can expect to earn $65,000 – $220,000 per year according to industry experts.

image-2-1

Program Benefits

  •     Learn from industry experts on what is Blockchain Technology, who is using it and why is it so revolutionary
  •     Understand the mechanics behind Blockchain Technologies, how does it work and what does the future hold for Blockchain applications
  •     Be able to explain what kinds of technical applications, products and services that are best suited to Blockchain Technologies
  •     Understand Cryptocurrencies and the Crypto Ecosystem including Bitcoin and Ethereum
  •     Determine related software technologies that are used to build Blockchain products and services
  •     Learn methodologies and tools to apply Blockchain theories and use cases using a wide range of real data
  •     Explain a variety of Blockchain applications, products and services and what makes them unique from other online products and services
  •     Described how a Blockchain works and functions
  •     Understand common misconceptions, and challenges for Blockchain technologies
  •     Understand what hardware is needed for Blockchain Technologies

Course Descriptions

Required Courses

An Introduction to Blockchain Technologies

(2.0 units)

Learn what is a Blockchain, what technologies power Blockchain applications and understand how to apply this knowledge to yield measurable business value. Gain an overview of the applications of Blockchain, including what a decentralized currency, network, and system is. The course will begin by ensuring students will have an understanding of the fundamentals of the Blockchain protocol: cryptographic hashes, decentralized ledger, mining, proof of stake vs proof of work. At the end of the course, participants will be able to explain how a Blockchain works and functions and then apply this knowledge to navigate the future use cases of Blockchain Technologies. Students will also learn about careers working with Blockchain Technologies and what future business opportunities will result from this very new and expanding field.

Cryptocurrencies and Trading

(2.0 units)

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Altcoins, and Exchanges

In this course you will learn all there is to know about the major cryptocurrencies and their differences. What makes Bitcoin, Ethereum, Altcoins and the many different exchanges unique, and how to differentiate between the 900+ cryptocurrencies. Students will learn how to buy, sell, and exchange different currencies. Gain an overview of ICOs, upcoming regulations, and tax implications. At the end of the course, participants will be able to use these skills to produce their own cryptocurrency portfolio and trading strategy. Students will also learn about careers working with Blockchain Technologies and what future business opportunities will result from this very new and expanding field.

Smart contracts, and Decentralized Apps

(2.0 units)

Learn what is a decentralized application, currency and system. What makes a decentralized system so valuable to the Blockchain ecosystem, and how does a decentralized system really operate? Smart contracts will be introduced and their vast variety of potential use cases will be explored. How do smart contracts function and what can they be applied to? Smart contracts can do more than automate aspects of a contract’s performance thanks to its technical underpinnings. The use cases for real estate, insurance and banking contracts is merely the beginning. The future of smart contracts will be introduced, including:

1)      Digital identity

2)      Record automation

3)      Securities

4)      Trade and finance

5)      Derivatives

6)      Financial recording

7)      Mortgages

8)      Land title recording

9)      Supply chain

10)    Auto insurance

11)    Clinical trials

Blockchain Coding

Getting Technical – Hashes, Encryption, Merkel Tree, and Elliptic curves

(2.0 units)

Deep diving into the technical, let’s get down to the code level. It is a requirement that you have experience with some of the following programming languages: C++, Java, JavaScript and Python. Students will explore hashes, encryption, merkel tree and elliptic curves, establishing a technical foundation for understanding exactly how a Blockchain works technically. Students will learn about the mathematical trap doors and its importance in modern cryptography. The merkel tree and how it underlies Bitcoin will be studied as a case study and how to use private keys and more.

Request more information

Julie Pai 
(949) 824-6333
julie.pai@uci.edu

jonathan-velasquez-384018

 Icons sourced from: https://thenounproject.com

Images sourced from: unsplash.com

%d bloggers like this: