Blockchain Foundations Course

The Program

The Blockchain Foundations course is an introduction to the world of bitcoin, blockchain and distributed ledgers. The purpose of the 15-hour course is to provide students with a solid foundation to gain a deeper understanding of this budding disruptive technology, and learn how it will affect their business areas, career paths and entrepreneurial aspirations.

Topics include origin of blockchain; blockchain basics; blockchain security; blockchain apps; cryptography; crypto wallets; smart contracts; government regulation; current state of blockchain; and future state of blockchain. 

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What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss distributed ledger blockchain technology
  • Articulate the origins and history of blockchain technology
  • Describe the differences between public, private, hybrid, permissioned and permissionless blockchains.
  • Assess the basics of cryptography 
  • Explain blockchain security 
  • Describe the differences in crypto wallets
  • Describe a blockchain smart contract
  • Describe a DAO - decentralized autonomous organizations
  • Compare and contrast the pros & cons of blockchain technology
  • Describe the current state of blockchain
  • Identify public blockchain apps
  • Give examples of regulatory reporting as it stands today
  • Explain the future of blockchain 

Demonstration of Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate their understanding of blockchain technology through group discussions and a final comprehensive assessment.

Who Should Attend

Individuals who want to learn the basics of blockchain coding for use in any applicable field.

Course Prerequisites

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 Materials

Handouts, Blockchain White Papers and Case Studies (Trade Finance, Land Registry, Asset Tracking, and more)


100% attendance, 50% participation and 50% on a final comprehensive assessment/open book or open notes.

An overall grade of 70% is required in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Students are expected to attend all classes, to be on time and are not allowed to leave early. 

Course Instructor

Bryant Nielson,

Office Hours:  30 minutes before and 15 minutes after class


Course Schedule

CEUs: 1.5

Start DateEnd DateCNDeptTitleMtgsDaysHoursFeeLocationInstructor

Spring 2019

02/23/201902/24/201923922BPX 996
Blockchain2Sa/Su09:00 - 15:00EE 1210$1,500B Nielson

Summer 2019

06/08/201906/09/201931521NBQA 995Blockchain2Sa/Su09:00 - 15:00EE 1213$1,495B Nielson

* Schedule subject to change | Updated 03/19/19

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