This course will provide a comprehensive overview of
blockchain and cryptocurrency. We introduce the core
encryption technology used in blockchain and the core
technologies applied in Bitcoin. Then we introduce the core
technologies of the Ethereum and Smart Contracts. We also
introduce the development of Decentralized Apps (DApp) using
smart contacts. We introduce and compare public and private
blockchains and some of the most popular blockchain
platforms. A number of popular applications using Blockchain
will be introduced. We will discuss the most important
issues in blockchains including scalability, security, and
performance. We introduce the methods that the
blockchain startups are using to attract investments.
We also introduce cryptocurrency, token economy, crypto
exchanges, and the latest concepts such as DID, DeFI, CBDC,
Evaluation on each student will be done based on the following:
Assignments - 40%
Quizzes - 10%
Term Project - 40%
Class Participation - 10%
Note: the above evaluation scheme may change slightly during the course.
There will be a major term project (worth 40% of the final mark) on Blockchain.
The project topics will be discussed in class.
Students will be asked to prepare, submit and present materials (Word & Powerpoint)
related to the project throughout the course.
Final Document (Technical Paper on the project in 4-6 page IEEE format-due: Midnight, June 5, 2022)
& Powerpoint Slides & Final Presentation & Demo (June 10, 2022 - 9:30AM ~ 6PM).
Please note that there will be a celebration dinner party after the presentations (for those who wish to attend).
Note: the above project schedule may change slightly during the course.
Assignment 10 - Write a technical paper on your term project (IEEE format) (5%) (Out: May 16, Due: Midnight, June 5)
Note: the above assignment schedule may change slightly during the course.
Late assignments may be handed in, but there will be
a penalty of 20% of the mark for assignments turned in less than one day
late, and an additional penalty of 10% for each day thereafter.
Cheating Policy -- Cheating will not be tolerated in this course.
Students are encouraged discuss things related to courses and assignments
but the materials handed in must be his/her own. The maximum penalty for
the first offense is for the assignment in question. For
subsequent offenses may result in an automatic failure of the course
and possibly other academic punishments.
Students are strongly encouraged to listen to all online lectures,
do the quizzes, attend all classes. Students are also
strongly encouraged to participate in discussions during
classes. 10% of the final mark is assigned for good
and active class participation.
The following is a tentative list of lecture topics for the course.