Cryptocourse
Complex full-fledged University-grade course for Computer Science classes focused on in-depth understanding of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology lectured at Faculty of Informatics and Information Technologies at Slovak University of Technology by David Stancel, MSc. of CoinStory and Kristian Kostal,Phd.
The creation of this course has been supported by Ernst&Young - Thank you!
Feel free to use anything for whatever purpose as long as you attribute credits appopriately. Everyone is also welcomed to send comments, inquires and proposals of topics, and resources to include into the course at [email protected].
Updated slides will be linked here throughout 2021.
Inspired by Courses:
1.Introduction to Digital Currencies at University of Nicosia as well as the whole MSc. Program​
2.Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies at Princeton University​
Based on Books:
  1. 3.
    A. Narayanan, J. Bonneau, E. Felten, A. Miller, S. Goldfeder - Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies (available for free) or at Amazon​
  2. 4.
  3. 5.
    SerHack & Monero Community - Mastering Monero (available for free) or at Amazon​
  4. 6.
    Darren Lau, Daryl Lau, T. Sze Jin, K. Kho, E. Azmi, TM Lee, B. Ong -- How to DeFi (available for free)
  5. 7.
    Kurt M. Alonso, Sarang Noether, Koe - Zero to Monero (available for free)
Further Recommedned Reading:
  1. 1.
    A. Antonopoulos, O. Osuntokun, R- Pickhardt - Mastering Lightning Network (available for free on Github)​
  2. 3.

1. Introduction to Digital Currencies and Blockchain

  • History and emergence of digital currencies - Digicash, Bitgold, B-money,Hashcash, RPOW, E-gold ..
  • Fundamental technology stack
  • Emergence of Bitcoin
  • Main principles and definitions

Reading & Resources:

A. Back - Hashcash​
N. Szabo - Bitgold​
W. Dai - B-money​
S. Nakamoto - Bitcoin Whitepaper​
H. Finney - RPOW​
Lamport, Shostak, Peace - The Byzantine General Problem​
Optional:
Diffie, Hellman - New Directions in Cryptogprahy​
S. Haber, S. Stornetta - How to Timestamp a Digital Document​
Live Examples:

​Slides​

2. Bitcoin Protocol

  • Bitcoin protocol specifications
  • Transactions - UTXO model, data structures
  • Proof-of-Work Consensus Mechanism
  • Bitcoin Script

Reading & Resources:

​Mastering Bitcoin - Chapters 2 and 6
​Script Playground​

​Slides​

3. Consensus Algorithms

  • Mining & Consensus Mechanisms,
  • Bitcoin Core
  • ​Nodes​
Reading & Resources:
​Mastering Bitcoin - Chapters 3 and 10

​Slides​

4. Ethereum Protocol and Smart Contracts

  • Ethereum protocol specifications
  • Smart contracts (ERC standards)
  • Alternative smart contract platforms

Reading & Resources:

​Mastering Ethereum - Chapters 5,6,7 and 12

Optional:

​Polkadot WP​

​Slides​

5. Coding Solidity

  • Syntax, Tools
  • Programming decentralized applicatins

Reading & Resources:

Building Ethereum Dapps - Roberto Infante - Chapters 4,5,6, and 8

Slides: TBD

6. Alternative Cryptocurrencies

  • Introduction to Altcoins
  • Basic Differences
  • Comparison of selected altcoins in terms of technology - Monero, Zcash, Decred, Pivx ...
  • Smart Contract Platforms: Cardano, Cosmos, Avalanche, Polkadot, Near
  • Tokenisation as a phenomenom

Reading & Resources:

Mastering Blockchain - Imran Bashir - Chapter 15

Optional:

​Mastering Monero - Chapter 3
​Zero to Monero​
​Zcash WP​

​Slides​

7. Blockchain Scaling and layer two technologies

  • Bitcoin and Ethereum scaling techniques
  • Lightning Network - main principles, and overview of implementations
  • Plasma, State Channels - main principles, and overview of implementations

Reading & Resources:

Beginners Guide to Lightning Network: https://academy.binance.com/en/articles/what-is-lightning-network​
FYI

Slides: TBD

8. Security & Privacy Considerations of Cryptocurrencies

  • Types of Wallets, Seeds and archiving
  • Cryptocurrency Exchanges and Tools
  • Attack vectors - 51% attack, Selfish Mining, Time Jacking, Eclipse attack, Flood attack, Sybil attacks ...
  • Anonymity and privacy techniques

Reading & Resources:

​Base58 encoding​
​Seed​
​BIP 0032​

​Slides​

9. Blockchain in Enterprise

  • Blockchain Consortia - overview adn technologies
  • Ethereum Enterprise Alliance, Hyperledger, Qorum
  • EY - Nightfall, Baseline

Reading & Resources:

​Slides​

10. Alternative sue-cases for Blockchain

  • Overview of different blockchain usecases and applicaitons
  • Public sector usecases, Supply Chain, Finance, Timestamping
  • NOnf-ungible tokens
  • DeFi - MakerDAO & DAI, Decentralized Exchanges, Lending, Derivatives, Insurance, Aggregators

Reading & Resources:

​How to DeFi Book chapters 6 and 7
​The NFT Bible​

​Slides​

11. Interoperability in Blockchain

  • Cosmos, Polkadot
  • Homogenous vs. heterogenous
  • different categorization of blockchain interoperability

Reading & Resources:

Slides: TBD

12. Economic and Legal Considerations of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

  • Legal Challenges of Smart Contracts & Dapps & DAOs
  • Legal and Economic Aspects of Cryptocurrencies - KYC, AML, MiCA
  • ICOs, STOs, IEOs, Airdrops, CBDCs

Reading & Resources:

University of Cambridge - 2nd Global Cryptocurrency Benchmarking Study​

​Slides​

13. Decentralized Finance (DeFi) - BONUS

  • Introduciton to DeFi
  • MakerDAO & DAI
  • Decentralized Exchanges, Lending, Derivatives, Insurance, Fund Management, Lottery
  • Uniswap, Compound, Synthetix, Opyn, TokenSets, PoolTogether

Reading & Resources:

​How to DeFi Book​

Slides: TBD

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