Bitcoin is a type of digital currency that can be used in electronic payment systems. It is a crypto-currency that relies on sophisticated cryptographic methods to create and manage the currency.
In this free online course you will be introduced to Bitcoin and you will be guided through the features and functions of this currency system. You will learn how cryptographic hash functions allow the secure transfer of bitcoins across the Internet and how transactions are secured using Bitcoin miners.
This free online course will be of great interest to all entrepreneurs and business people who would like a greater understanding of how Bitcoin functions and how it may be used in electronic payment systems. The course will also be of interest to all learners who may have heard of Bitcoin and would like to learn more about it.
After studying this course you will be able to:
- Describe how Bitcoin is used as an electronic payment system;
- Describe the function of cryptographic hash functions;
- Describe how digital signatures and proof of work ensure security;
- Describe the importance of transaction block chains and how they are created.
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Virtual Currencies: A Case Study of Bitcoin
Modules List( 2 )
INTRODUCTION TO BITCOIN
1 Introduction to Bitcoin
Learn more about Bitcoin.
- Bitcoin - Learning outcomes
- Bitcoin - What is it?
- Bitcoin - Overview
- Bitcoin - Cryptographic hash function
- Bitcoin - Digital signatures
- Bitcoin - Transaction records
- Bitcoin - Proof of work
- Bitcoin - Transaction block chains
- Bitcoin - The money supply
- Bitcoin - The security of transaction block chains
- Lesson summary
END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT
2 Introduction to Bitcoin Assessment
You must score 80% or more to pass this assessment.
- Introduction to Bitcoin Assessment