#IT-04-25 Introduction to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)

  • Categories IT
  • Duration 13h
  • Total Enrolled 5
  • Last Update November 12, 2020

About Course

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Discover distributed ledger technology and blockchain for business

On this course, you’ll get an introduction to blockchain and DLT through a case study of a company that uses various aspects of the technologies to solve business problems.

You’ll discover how and why blockchain technologies can be used in business to improve processes and inform decision-making.

You’ll explore its Bitcoin beginnings and learn how blockchains can change how information and value is stored, transferred and coordinated.

You’ll also consider how DLT can be used to change current business models through the use of smart contracts and secure data coordination.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are blockchains and distributed ledger technologies?
  • How blockchains can be used as a means to decentralise processes, for example payments
  • How blockchains can be applied to supply chains to improve transparency and better reconciliation of data
  • How blockchains can be used as a means of establishing better provenance and how smart contracts can be used to automate processes that rely on trusted information
  • Practical case study examples of blockchain and DLT use
  • Hear from real world companies on deployments of this revolutionary technology
  • Learn frameworks on how to apply DLT to your business or to a use case

Who will you learn with?

妮基·瓦德加玛(Nikhil Vadgama)

Nikhil Vadgama is the Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. He is also a Module Leader in FinTech and Emerging Business Technologies at the UCL School of Management.




Dr Paolo Tasca is a world leading authority on blockchain and cryptocurrency. Global Advisor, Serial Entrepreneur, Writer, Public Speaker and Executive Director at UCL CBT.


Who developed the course?


We connect you with the best of UCL: We help you access critical specialist knowledge and first class research facilities across 11 faculties and 100+ departments.

What Will I Learn?

  • Explain what problems blockchains solve
  • Describe what the properties of a blockchain system are
  • Demonstrate knowledge of who the key stakeholders in the blockchain ecosystem
  • Compare decentralised and centralised systems, what are the pros and cons of both are and why decentralisation is a key property of a blockchain
  • Explain how blockchains could be used for payments
  • Describe how cryptography and consensus mechanisms are used in blockchain systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how blockchain can be used in supply chains
  • Explain what are smart contracts and how they can be applied and how they differ from concentional contracts
  • Apply the UCL Blockchain Framework to see if a business problem could be solved with the application of blockchain technology
  • Reflect on how blockchain technology could lead to transformational business models and disruption in our conventional socio-economic systems

Topics for this course

11 Lessons13h

Let’s get started?

In this first part of the course, you'll meet Thiago Earp from the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies. He'll explain why learning about blockchain is essential, and what to expect over the next courses.
Why should you care about blockchain?00:04:06
Who are you learning from?
Online learning and course glossary

What problems does blockchain solve??

Let's explore what types of problems blockchain solves. We will cover a brief history of the development of blockchain, discuss who the anonymous founder of the technology could be, and what properties a blockchain system carries.

Who’s involved??

Next we'll find out who's involved in the blockchain ecosystem. We'll also look at where different stakeholders fit into the constituent parts of a blockchain, and find out which problems and sectors you are interested in.

Betsy and its bright blockchain future!?

Introducing Betsy, a company which we will be following in later weeks as we go deeper into the properties of blockchain systems that we have explored this course.

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My favorite part of the course was a good explanation of how blockchain can be used as a means to establish better provenance and how smart contracts can be used to automate processes that rely on trusted information.

This course explores with us how and why blockchain technology can be used in business to improve processes and inform decisions. It is a good course and I benefit a lot from it.

This course takes us through the origins of bitcoin and how the blockchain has changed the way information and value are stored, transferred, and coordinated. It's an interesting course. I like it very much.

The course provides an introduction to blockchain and DLT through a case study of a company that USES various aspects of the technology to solve business problems. It's a good case, it makes sense.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This course was created by the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, the oldest and largest academic blockchain centre in the world that has pioneered executive education for blockchain and DLT education.
  • The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn the basics of blockchain technology and how it can be applied to business problems.
  • It will be particularly useful for business executives exploring the use of blockchain at their companies.
  • This course is also suitable as an introductory course for those who want to explore the possibility of upskilling with blockchain knowledge.