Introduction to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) Course - UCL Consultants


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Program Description


Discover how DLT and blockchain technology is used to solve complex business problems and find out why it's transforming business.

Upskill in blockchain with the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

With global spending on blockchain expected to grow from 1.5 billion in 2018 to 15.9 billion by 2023, organisations in every business sector are racing to understand the benefits and applications of blockchain technology.

But what is blockchain and how is it transforming the way we do business?

This course will take you from blockchain’s bitcoin beginnings to an exploration of how DLT is changing business models with smart contracts and data coordination.

Alongside experts from UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies – the oldest and largest academic blockchain centre in the world – you’ll discover how blockchain can be used to transform business processes, inform critical business decision-making, and change how the data value is stored and transferred.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are blockchains and distributed ledger technologies?
  • How blockchains can be used as a means to decentralise processes, for example, payments.
  • How blockchains can be applied to supply chains to improve transparency and better reconciliation of data.
  • How blockchains can be used as a means of establishing better provenance and how smart contracts can be used to automate processes that rely on trusted information.
  • Practical case study examples of blockchain and DLT use.
  • Hear from real-world companies on deployments of this revolutionary technology.
  • Learn frameworks on how to apply DLT to your business or to a use case.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now
  • 11 January 2021

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Explain what problems blockchains solve.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of who the key stakeholders in the blockchain ecosystem.
  • Explain how blockchains could be used for payments.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how blockchain can be used in supply chains.
  • Apply the UCL Blockchain Framework to see if a business problem could be solved with the application of blockchain technology.
  • Describe what the properties of a blockchain system are.
  • Compare decentralised and centralised systems, what are the pros and cons of both are and why decentralisation is a key property of a blockchain.
  • Describe how cryptography and consensus mechanisms are used in blockchain systems.
  • Explain what are smart contracts and how they can be applied and how they differ from conventional contracts.
  • Reflect on how blockchain technology could lead to transformational business models and disruption in our conventional socio-economic systems.

Who is the course for?

Whilst the financial sector accounts for more than 60% of the worldwide blockchain market share, the technology has spread to nearly every industry – from healthcare to agriculture.

The course is designed for any business professional who wants to learn how blockchain technology can be applied to solve complex business problems.

It will be particularly useful for business executives exploring the use of blockchain at their companies.

Who will you learn with?

Nikhil Vadgama

Nikhil Vadgama is the Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. He is also a Module Leader in FinTech and Emerging Business Technologies at the UCL School of Management.

Paolo Tasca

Dr Paolo Tasca is a world-leading authority on blockchain and cryptocurrency. Global Advisor, Serial Entrepreneur, Writer, Public Speaker and Executive Director at UCL CBT.

Who developed the course?

UCL Consultants

We connect you with the best of UCL: We help you access critical specialist knowledge and first-class research facilities across 11 faculties and 100+ departments.

UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies

The University College London Centre for Blockchain Technologies was founded in 2016 to research the effects of Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and blockchain in our socio-economic systems. The centre is the nucleus for DLT and blockchain research and engagement across eight different departments at UCL and for its Research and Industry Associate network. This network consists of over 180 researchers and practitioners from UCL, other academic institutions and companies utilising DLT.

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