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Blockchain for Decision Makers Course

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Estimated Effort







40 hours overall

Recommended Experience

None. You do not need any programming experience or prior knowledge about blockchain to join this course.


A computer with at least 8 GB RAM
and 50GB free hard-disk space

About this Course

The hype surrounding distributed ledger technology has made strategic decision-making more challenging than ever. Across sectors, leaders find themselves at a crossroad asking a fundamental question: do we really need blockchain?

Knowing whether blockchain technology can actually bring value to your business, project or vision requires a critical understanding of the technology itself.

Informed and differentiated decision-making demands knowledge of tools and the different protocols at your disposal, understanding the various deployment patterns as well as the ability to assess use cases and business applications.

This course covers all of the above. In addition, you’ll learn what makes a use case successful and the ins and outs of smart contracts. By the end of this course, you will be armed with the foundational and nuanced understanding you need to make effective and strategic decisions when it comes to blockchain and distributed ledger technology.


Module 1: Technical Fundamentals of Blockchain Technology

  • Introduction
  • History of Blockchain
  • Data & Databases
  • Networks & Protocols
  • Ledgers
  • Cryptographic Fundamentals
  • Consensus
  • Blockchain Discourse
  • Try it Yourself!

Module 2: Blockchain Deployment Patterns

  • Introduction
  • Deployment Patterns
  • Social Dimensions
  • Introduction to Bitcoin
  • Introduction to Ethereum
  • Introduction to Monax
  • Introduction to Hyperledger
  • Practice: Hyperledger Composer

Module 3: Smart Contracts

  • Introduction
  • Contract Dimensions
  • Legal Considerations
  • Security Challenges & Measures
  • Smart Contract Implementation
  • Ricardian Contracts & Smart Contracts
  • Practice: Deploy a Smart Contract

Module 4: Protocol Assessment

  • Introduction
  • Framework
  • Ethereum Protocol Assessment
  • Monero Protocol Assessment
  • Zcash Protocol Assessment
  • More Protocols
  • Practice: Assess a Protocol

Module 5: Business Strategy

  • Introduction
  • The Crypto Economy
  • Blockchain in IT Infrastructure
  • Blockchain in Operations & Governance
  • Blockchain in Finance
  • Blockchain in Production
  • Blockchain in the Legal Sector

Module 6: Use Cases

  • Introduction
  • Finance Industry Use Cases
  • Government, Legal & Regulation Use Cases
  • Blockchain in industry & Supply Chain Management

Module 7: Future Ethics & Implication of Blockchain Technology

  • Introduction
  • Immutability
  • Neutrality
  • Decentralisation
  • Research & Development
  • Challenges to Blockchain Adoption & Implementation
  • Do I need a Blockchain?

Teaching & Communication

The B9lab online learning experience goes beyond more than just videos, readings and multiple choice tests. Our courses are self-paced and flexible in that you do not have to be online at a certain time.

We also offer a dedicated Slack channel for all students where you can collaborate with classmates and receive 1-on-1 tutoring from expert instructors, who are there to guide you throughout the course and exam period. You can reach out to them anytime to clarify course content and reach your individual learning goals at your own pace.

Your course team

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Citlali Mora Catlett

Citlali is a political scientist with a focus on international relations, international organizations, security policy and economy. She has a BA in Political Science, Economy and Business Administration and a MA in Political Science from the LMU Munich. Citlali has worked at international scholar conferences providing educational experiences for students from around the world, as well as substantial preparation materials and general conference services and assisted in university undergrad courses.

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Elias Haase

Elias has been spending the past 10 years planning, building and running applications. His background is in Artificial Intelligence. Since the early days of bitcoin he has been following the progress of blockchain tech and has been gathering experience with smart contracts / trustless computation since late 2014.

How does this Course work?

The course consists of 7 modules and is designed to be flexible and self-paced. You can choose your individual start date and don’t have to be online at a specific time and study the material whenever it fits best into your daily routine.

The estimated workload of the course is about 40 hours overall

Exam & Certification

At the moment you feel ready to start your exam, you can book your individual 4 weeks exam period and submit your final exam whenever you feel ready during this period.

B9lab awards certificates to participants who pass the final exam with a grade of 80% or higher. This certificate is publicly verifiable on the Ethereum blockchain.

You can see how B9lab certification works at the B9lab Certificate Center.

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