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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Blockchain: Basics and Applications
Module Code CA688A
School School of Computing
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Irina Tal
Semester 2: Irina Tal
Autumn: Irina Tal
Module TeachersIrina Tal
Malika Bendechache
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module will introduce the students to Blockchain technology and how it can be used in applications.

Learning Outcomes

1. Gain a detailed understanding of how Blockchain works.
2. Demonstrate an appreciation of how transactions and exchanges are implemented using Blockchain technology.
3. Compare various smart contracts and how they can be implemented using Blockchain technology.
4. Critically evaluate various crypto-currencies, such as Bitcoin, and how they are built using Blockchain technologies.
5. Explain the key concept in crypto-economics.
6. Critically evaluate Blockchain weaknesses and attack vectors.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Online activity36Lectures
Assignment Completion24No Description
Independent Study120No Description
Total Workload: 180

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Blockchain Introduction
What is Blockchain? Types of Blockchain systems (public vs. private vs. hybrid, permissionless vs. permissioned). Decentralised Organisations. Alternative Blockchains.

Distributed Ledger Technologies:
Blockchain structure (structure of a block, structure of block header). Consensus algorithms and mining (PoW, PoS, DPoS, PoA, etc.).

Transactions and Exchanges
What are transactions? Types of transactions. Transaction data structure. Verification of transactions.

Smart Contracts
What are smart contracts. Smart contract templates. Oracles. Deploying smart contracts.

What is cryptoeconomics? Overview of Bitcoin. Wallets. Bitcoin innovations. Alternative cryptocurrencies. Limitations and threats.

Blockchain Threats and Challenges
Introduction to scalability. Privacy (Obfuscation, Homomorphic encryption, zero-knowledge proofs).

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentBuilding a basic blockchain application20%n/a
AssignmentBuilding a basic smart contract application20%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Imran Bashir: 2018, Mastering Blockchain, 2, Packt Publishing, 978-178883904
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MCMM.Sc. in Computing

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