Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology Explained

Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology Explained

Course provided by FutureLearn

Summary overview

  • Online anytime

  • 16 hours study time

  • Accountancy, banking and finance

  • Free

  • NA

  • Level NA

About this course

The sudden rise in the value of Bitcoin (and its subsequent decline) focused the world’s attention on using cryptocurrencies for payment.Blockchain technology powers Bitcoin and has been hyped as the next new, transformative technology.On this course, you will uncover the technology that underpins blockchain and review its key concepts, such as decentralisation and consensus algorithms.You will assess and critique blockchain as an asset, and review the dynamics of the cryptocurrency markets. You will also explore the use of blockchain as a business solution. Free to register. Fee to certificate.

Learning outcomes

  1. Explain how blockchain works.
  2. Describe the key technical aspects, such as decentralisation and consensus algorithms.
  3. Describe the strengths and weaknesses of cryptocurrency as an asset and a payment mechanism.
  4. Evaluate the tradeoffs of blockchain as a business solution.