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Blockchain in Production and Supply Chain Management 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

When talking about blockchain use cases, production and supply chain management are two application areas that tend to come up first. But how would implementations like these actually look like in practice, and would they work on a technical level? What are the advantages, drawbacks and risks of using blockchain technology for supply chain and operational management in production processes? How can distributed ledger technology be used to secure and optimise production and supply chain management?

This course tackles all these questions and more. Designed to benefit a non-technical audience, the course aims to help you get a practical and critical understanding of blockchain use cases and applications in supply chain management and production. We will also dive into technical fundamentals, deployment patterns, and the ins and outs of smart contracts. By the end of this course, you should be able to evaluate supply chain and production-related projects for their operational merit, efficiency and overall effectiveness.


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
  • Blockchain in IT Infrastructure
  • Public & Managed Blockchain Protocols

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: The Potential of Blockchain in Production

  • Introduction
  • Blockchain in Production & Operations
  • Use Cases
  • Challenges to Blockchain Adoption & Implementation in Production & Operations

Module 5: The Possibilities of Blockchain in Supply Chain Management

  • Introduction
  • Blockchain in Supply Chain Management
  • Use Cases
  • Challenges to Blockchain Adoption & Implementation in Supply Chain Management

Module 6: Future Ethics & Implication of Blockchain Technology

  • Introduction
  • Immutability
  • Neutrality
  • Decentralisation
  • Research & Development
  • Challenges to Blockchain Adoption & Implementation

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 One-on-One 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 6 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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