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Blockchain Technology for Business

2020/2021
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 3 модуль

Преподаватель

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Blockchain technology is often associated with Bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies. However, it is a high-end technology that incorporates the advances of cryptography and information systems architecture. In a modern world of growing amounts of data, information privacy and security became a center of attention. This program is focused on the business applications of blockchain technology. It covers the scope of knowledge from fundamental properties of the technology itself to innovative business models based on it. During this course, students will learn how to identify the possibilities and limitations of blockchain in different business contexts. We will discuss different methods, which businesses can use to bring their data management on a new level.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course is aimed at acquiring the basic level of knowledge about the blockchain technology and its business applications. Students will study how blockchain facilitates enterprises in different areas: funding, management, value creation and monetization, supply chains.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Theoretical knowledge of the main concepts and properties of blockchain technologies
  • Acquaintance with white papers of different blockchain-based projects
  • Experience in analysis of practical cases of blockchain application
  • Ability to identify and assess perspectives of enterprise blockchain applications
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • An introduction to blockchain technology
    General overview of the basic properties of the technology. Introduction of the fundamental concepts: blocks, public and private keys, transactions, smart contracts. Perspectives for business process automation
  • Decentralization, transparency, and privacy
    Advantages of blockchain technology for applications. Eliminating third-party verification. Decentralization, immutability, transparency. Last-mile problem. Public and private blockchains. Self-sovereign identity and web3.0 technological stack
  • Cryptocurrencies
    Bitcoin as an example of blockchain. Cryptocurrencies and their characteristics, the utility of proof-of-work. Decentralized utility: storage (IPFS and Filecoin), fungibility (privacy preserving platforms Monero and zCash)
  • Blockchain for enterprise
    Classification of the area of blockchain enterprise cases. Blockchain as a service for business. Cases of successful implementation. Exonum, Hyperleder, Ethereum. Real estate, GovTech
  • Tokens and tokenomics
    Tokens as a form of programmable assets. Tokenomics and client engagement. ICOs as a new way to build financial strategy. Using tokens to create digital ecosystems. Exchanges (Binance), wallets, decentralized markets and communities (e.g. Reddit)
  • New business models
    Disruption of traditional centralized business models. Formation of innovative market niches. SSI-based systems and Proof-of-Stake. Internet of People. Robonomics. DeFi in MakerDAO
  • Future of the technology
    Regulation of cryptomarket TON vs Libra vs ETH. Integration with AI and IoT technologies. Scaling blockchains, Polkadot, TON, ETH 2.0, IoTa, Toda. Gamification revolution
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Lectures & seminars grades
  • non-blocking Home assignments
    5 assignments on the Parts 2-6
  • non-blocking Exam
    Students prepare a case study on the blockchain applications
  • non-blocking Домашние задания
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.3 * Exam + 0.35 * Home assignments + 0.35 * Lectures & seminars grades
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Mougayar, W. (2016). The Business Blockchain : Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1228241

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • BASHIR, I. (2018). Mastering Blockchain : Distributed Ledger Technology, Decentralization, and Smart Contracts Explained, 2nd Edition. Packt Publishing.
  • Mukhopadhyay, M. (2018). Ethereum Smart Contract Development : Build Blockchain-based Decentralized Applications Using Solidity. Packt Publishing.
  • Saravanan Krishnan, Valentina E. Balas, Julie Golden, Y. Harold Robinson, S. Balaji, & Raghvendra Kumar. (2020). Handbook of Research on Blockchain Technology. Academic Press.