Certificate in Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology

Course Points
15
Course Duration
1 Semester
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
September 2019 (exact date to be confirmed).

One great reason to consider this course

  • This course delves into the mathematical underpinnings of DLT, to develop a thorough understanding of the theory of DLT in order to facilitate its’ application to business problems such as smart contracts as well as cryptocurrencies.

Course Summary

The 1-semester part-time course is designed for existing Level 8 graduates from either a technical, financial, or business discipline who have a strong mathematical background and wish to learn about Blockchain fundamentals and applications. Blockchain is an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.

Important notice about this course

COURSE APPLICATION PROCESS TBA

Distributed Ledger Technology provides a mechanism to allow for decentralised protocols and decentralised applications (DAPPs) which will empower developers and architects to produce new forms of technology. 

The ledger itself can also be programmed to trigger transactions automatically. This technology has far reaching transformational potential for existing systems. The certificate is a first building block in a sequence of courses in Distributed Ledger Technology and Mathematical and Computational Finance. 

Course modules include:

  • Blockchain Foundations (5 credits): Distributed Ledger Technology, or Blockchain, is the technology that underpins cryptocurrencies. It enables a shared, trusted, public ledger of transactions, that everyone can inspect but which no single user controls. This module enables learners to understand the foundational components and requirements of such systems. 
  • Blockchain Applications (5 credits): This module will introduce learners to the ecosystems of DLT. Using Ethereum as a sample application, learners will understand capabilities of decentralised platforms. They will also consider appropriate uses of these platforms, including smart contracts. 

The course is delivered over one year as a part-time evening course, Wednesdays, 19:00-21:00.  Recorded Lectures will be made available. Face-to-face learning attendance will also be required on the DkIT campus on 4–6 Saturdays. (subject to change)  

Applicants must already possess a Level 8 qualification (Honours Degree) in a numerate discipline like Business, Engineering or Computing, or demonstrate an equivalent capacity to succeed, based on experiential learning acquired through extensive industrial experience.  

This course aims to provide students with a background and interest in Digital Marketplace, Internet Technologies, FinTech or Security with a first, solid introduction to Blockchain Technology. The course is developed to enable learners to become familiar with the nuances of Blockchain technologies and to reason about applications of Blockchain 

Dr. Caroline Sheedy (Department of Computing Science and Mathematics)
Phone: +353 (0)42 937 0200
Email: caroline.sheedy@dkit.ie

Dr. Fiona Lawless (Head of Department of Computing Science & Mathematics, DkIT)
Phone: +353(0)429370200
Email: Fiona.Lawless@dkit.ie

Course ID TBC
Level 8
Duration 1 Semester
Credits 15
School School of Informatics & Creative Arts
Department Computing Science and Mathematics
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €75 (Springboard supported)
Starting Date September 2019 (exact date to be confirmed).
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