Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin: Back to the Future

Certified by DFI

This 4-week course is a general introduction to the world of cryptocurrency, distributed ledgers and internet-based value exchange systems.

START DATE

7th October 2019

DURATION

4 weeks

APPLICATIONS CLOSE

30th September 2019

DELIVERY

Online, in our digital classroom

COURSE FEES

US$250 per Person
(Financial Aid Available)

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Cryptocurrency and Blockchain course overview

Cryptocurrencies, and the blockchain technology that enable them, are one of the most exciting developments in the world of digital payments. But with a wall of technical and confusing information out there, figuring out where to start is difficult.

This course provides a strong starting point for exploring the world of digital payments, focusing specifically on bitcoin as a leading example of the broader set of cryptocurrencies. The course will also cover a number of other forms of online money systems and discuss some of the broader philosophical thinking and technological systems that enable cryptocurrencies. The course will also probe the broader practical applications of blockchain technology and provide a look at the current state of development and regulation of cryptocurrency systems.

Why do I need a Bitcoin course?

While Bitcoin is the most famous cryptocurrency and will be one of the focuses of this course, the main aim is to provide students with a holistic and complete introduction to the world of cryptocurrencies. The course is intended for professionals in the emerging internet payments and technology-enabled financial services space, and will be a great value add to both cryptocurrency sceptics and proponents.

Students coming out of the course will have a basic understanding of how Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency systems work, and how they challenge current financial systems and regulatory practices.

Cryptocurrency course schedule

  • Week 1

    Philosophy

  • Week 2

    Mechanics

  • Week 3

    Ecosystem

  • Week 4

    Evaluation

WHAT IS A CRYPTOCURRENCY?

A cryptocurrency is a digital currency that uses blockchain technology to operate without the oversight of a central bank.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CRYPTOCURRENCY AND BITCOIN?

Bitcoin, while often used as a stand-in for cryptocurrencies in general, is just a single cryptocurrency, similar to Ethereum.

WHAT IS DFS?

DFS, or digital financial services, are any financial services that are available through digital channels, and includes payments, credit, savings, transfers and insurance.

WHAT IS FINTECH?

Fintech, or financial technology, refers to any digital technological tools or business models used to support the delivery of financial services.

WHAT IS FINANCIAL INCLUSION?

Financial inclusion is a key part of DFI’s agenda and refers to the goal of ensuring that all people, especially marginalised groups, have access to the financial tools they need.

WHAT IS A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM?

A virtual classroom is a learning environment that only exists through a digital platform and that allows students to participate regardless of their geographic location. All DFI’s courses are delivered in a virtual classroom.

WHAT IS DIGITAL FRONTIERS INSTITUTE?

Digital Frontiers Institute (DFI) is a digital education provider designed to prepare professionals for the challenges and opportunities they will encounter in a rapidly changing economy.

DFI FACULTY

World-Class Academics and Practitioners

Dr Ignacio Mas

Executive Director
Digital Frontiers Institute

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Financial Aid

DFI’s mission is to equip a new generation of professionals with the information, skills, and vision they need to guide society towards inclusive digital financial solutions. DFI understand that affordability may stand in the way of your progress as a Digital Finance Professional. We strive to source, manage and administer various student funding opportunities to make tuition more affordable for you.  for deserving students according to sponsor specific requirements. Our goal is to ensure that no student is left behind and have designed affordable payment terms as well as scholarship funds for eligible students.

Use this information to find the best financial aid that supports your objectives. At any stage please contact us at info@digitalfrontiersinstitute.org.

Option 1: Payment Plans that make your tuition more affordable

Course fees can be made over payments at an agreed date.

Multi-year Programs

Certified Digital Finance Practitioner

  • Year 1: $1335/$445 in 3 instalments (works out to $112 p.m.)
  • Year 2: $1335/$445 in 3 instalments
  • Year 3: $1335/$445 in 3 instalments
Foundational Courses

Foundational courses include the Certificate in Digital Money, and Leading Digital Money Markets.

  • Payment 1: $500
  • Payment 2: $500
  • Payment 3: $500
Specialization Courses

Specialization courses included short courses such as Digital Agriculture and Digital Identity.

  • Payment 1: $125
  • Payment 2: $125

Option 2: Can we help in getting your company to pay or at least contribute to your tuition?

DFI can assist in opening a conversation with your employer to support your tuition. We can cultivate further interest with them to participate on our programs – bringing multiple employees on will result in corporate discounts and thus lower tuition for you.

Request your corporate proposal by contacting us at info@digitalfrontiersinstitute.org

Option 3: Referral Program

If your colleagues, friends or family join the course we can open a referral seat for you, which is 100% subsidized by Digital Frontiers Institute. This includes assisting us to create impactful corporate alliances.

Foundation Courses

Eight successful referrals will result in your foundational course being fully subsidized.

Specialization Courses

Four successful referrals will result in your specialization course being fully subsidized.

Option 4: Scholarships

DFI offers partial scholarships to qualifying candidates. Our scholarship funders favor scholarship candidates that contribute to tuition themselves. Ideally, Students should contribute at least half of the tuition fee, the higher your contribution the more likely you are to be considered. Tuition can also be paid in manageable instalments. Please see below criteria for scholarships.

  •         I am an active member of the digital financial services industry
  •         I am from sub-Saharan Africa

Scholarships are adjudicated quarterly and are weighted based on the strength of your application. You will be asked to answer the following questions in your application:

  • Please provide a brief overview of experience.
  • To what extent does your organization contribute to financial inclusion.
  • How will your attendance on this course benefit your organization, your initiative, your country?
  • Describe your current role and responsibilities.
  • Why do you think you should receive financial aid?
  • I can contribute $ to my course.

You can apply for a scholarship on the course registration page, where applicable. Not all courses have scholarship programs.