Cryptocurrency Foundations

Students who have completed Cryptocurrency Foundations or NFT Essentials can also enrol in Planning and Leading Blockchain Initiatives but will be required to review additional material at the beginning of the course.

Develop a solid foundational understanding of cryptocurrency, including its functions, capabilities and limitations. Learn about cryptocurrency investing, wallets and exchanges, and understand DApps (Decentralized Applications) and IDOs (Initial Dex Offerings).

Course highlights include:

The Coins: Bitcoin, Altcoins and Blockchain − In simple terms, you’ll be able to explain blockchain principles, opportunities, barriers and use cases, including cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and other Altcoins.

Avoiding the Scams − Many people think crypto is a scam, but in fact there are tremendous investment and employment opportunities in this space. Learn how to analyze projects and avoid common pitfalls.

The Practical − Understand how to use crypto wallets, centralized exchanges and decentralized exchanges so that you can confidentially buy and sell cryptocurrencies.

The Fundamentals Behind the Tech − Identify and understand the core principles behind smart contracts, tokenomics and whitepapers.

Come away from this course with the tools to assess the viability of cryptocurrency projects, and the know-how and resources to navigate the everchanging cryptocurrency environment.

While this course is for anyone interested in buying or investing in crypto or crypto projects, we are not offering investment or financial advice.

Session 1: Start building your toolkit as you dive into Bitcoin and blockchain, exploring key components, capabilities and limitations. Discover what makes blockchain secure and tamper-resistant, and how it is connected to Bitcoin. Gain exposure to the history of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Blockchain Trilemma. 

Session 2: Explore and define popular Altcoins and the utility that they offer in today’s marketplace. Build an understanding of how to read a Web3 Whitepaper including tokenomics, including active whitepapers that have been created by popular crypto companies.

Session 3: Explore the difference between crypto wallets, centralized exchanges and decentralized exchanges. Understand the pros and cons of each as a holding and trading mechanism. This is where you learn the steps to buy and sell crypto.

Session 4: Discuss IDOs (Initial Decentralized Exchange Offerings) and DApps (Decentralized Applications), and understand how they may cause disruption in the business environment. Investigate how established crypto companies are responding to the current business landscape.

How am I Assessed?
You’re assessed on your participation in online discussions and the application of what you learn to real-world examples (for example, creating accounts with specific crypto exchanges and wallets).

Technology Requirements
To take this course, you’ll need access to:

  • an email account
  • a computer, laptop or tablet under five years old using Windows or macOS
  • the latest version of a web browser (or previous major version release)
  • a reliable internet connection
  • a video camera and microphone.

One business day before the start of your course, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

There are no textbooks for this course.

Course Format

This course is 100% online and instructor supported with real-time classes. Live instructor-led classes are held once a week (see Available Sessions for days and times). Attendance is strongly recommended, but classes are recorded for viewing later should you be unable to attend a class.

Expect to set aside approximately 3-4 hours per week to complete the coursework, including reviewing optional readings, applying what you learn to real-world examples, and attending the live sessions.

Please note you can log in to your course for up to eight weeks after the course ends. You’ll no longer be able to access course materials after this time.

One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

Available Sessions

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