Course Outline: Bitcoin and Blockchain for the Financial Services Industry – Beginner Course

Module 1: Introduction

  • Money and currency
  • Digital currencies explained
  • History of Bitcoin

Module 2: The Blockchain

  • 101 of the Blockchain
  • How are transactions stored on the Blockchain
  • What is Bitcoin mining
  • Permissioned and Permissionless Blockchains
  • Side chains

Module 3: Using Bitcoin

  • Where and how to get bitcoins
  • How to store bitcoins in a wallet
  • How to send and receive bitcoins
  • How to trade bitcoins on online exchanges
  • Bitcoin pricing and volatility

Module 4: Bitcoin Security

  • Security issues and the pseudo‐anonymity of Bitcoin
  • Security measures such as multi- signature transactions
  • Backing up and restoring wallets

Module 5: Bitcoin Scalability, Risks and Limitations

  • Transaction volumes and block sizes
  • Block propagation speed
  • Proof of Work efficiencies
  • Mining pools and centralisation
  • Mining rewards and incentivisation
  • Wallet theft
  • Regulatory friction

Module 6: Use Cases and Opportunities

  • Payment rails
  • Immutable ledger
  • Coloured coins and digital asset ownership
  • Time‐stamped records
  • Proof of ownership
  • Micro‐transactions

Module 7: Merchant Acceptance

  • How to integrate Bitcoin as a payment method
  • Benefits of using Bitcoin as a payment method
  • Payment processing companies
  • Verification of transactions on the Blockchain
  • Successful case studies

Module 8: Bitcoin Compliance, Regulation and Tax

  • Regulation globally
  • Bitcoin compliance
  • Money laundering and fraud

Module 9: The Future of Bitcoin

  • Smart Contracts
  • Bitcoin for remittances in emerging economies
  • Innovation for financial institutions
  • Innovation for non‐financial institutions
  • The value of Bitcoin and the Blockchain as a technology
  • Alternatives to Bitcoin and the Blockchain

Course Outline: Bitcoin and Blockchain for the Financial Services Industry – Advanced Course

Module 1: Centralised vs. Decentralised Blockchains

  • Overview of permissionless (public) and permissioned blockchains (private)
  • Centralised blockchain case study:
    • Ripple
  • Decentralised blockchain case studies:
    • Ethereum
    • Hyperledger

Module 2: Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)

  • What is Distributed Ledger Technology?
  • How does it compare to blockchain technology?
  • Who is using Distributed Ledger Technology?

Module 3: Use Cases and Opportuni3es for Financial Institutions

  • Payment rails
  • Clearing and settlement
  • Immutable ledger
  • Coloured coins and digital asset ownership
  • Time-stamped records
  • Proof of ownership
  • Trade finance / trade of financial assets
  • Capital markets
  • Smart contracts
  • Smart assets or property
  • Digital identity

Module 4: Use Cases and Opportunities for Non‐ Financial Institutions

  • Factom
  • Rootstock
  • Namecoin
  • Maidsafe
  • Storj

Module 5: Financial Institutions Experimenting with Blockchain Technology

  • Deutsche Bank
  • Santander Bank
  • J.P. Morgan Chase
  • BNP Paribas Securities Services
  • ASX Limited (ASX)
  • Barclays Bank
  • Bank of Tokyo‐Mitsubishi UFJ
  • Bank of Yokohama
  • Visa
  • Nasdaq
  • Citibank
  • Bank of New York Mellon
  • Strate Pty Ltd
  • Partnerships with blockchain startups such as Chain and Axoni including Hyperledger costs.

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