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Foundations of Decentralized Finances

The first chapter of the course – Compendium of Decentralized Finances. Thanks to completing this section, you will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of blockchain technology
and cryptocurrencies, along with the principles and the essence
of smart contracts.
Obtained title
Not applicable
Level
Beginner to Intermediate
Duration
2 weeks
Mode
Remote
Language
English
Start date
To-be-announced
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Course description
This course is a demo version, presenting the first chapter of our eight-chapter "Compendium of Decentralized Finances" course.

Enrolling in this demo course gives you insights into the first chapter of our eight-chapter series.
Explore the essence of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, unravel smart contracts, and grasp the foundational principles that drive the decentralized financial landscape.
Assessment
Students are required to have English language proficiency, as the course is conducted entirely in English.
Interactivity
Practical tutorials
End Assessment
Prerequisites
Students should have a basic understanding of DeFi concepts and applications. It is recommended that students have completed:
Blockchain Technology Basics
Prof. Joanna Adams
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or have equivalent knowledge. Basic knowledge of programming is not required, but is beneficial.
Course of study
Curriculum
01
Introduction to blockchain and cryptocurrencies

This module provides a condensed overview of blockchain technology, encompassing its definition, historical evolution, and transaction processes. It offers fundamental insights into the significance of blockchain, its enhancement potential, advantages, and potential applications. Lastly, we distinguish blockchain from cryptocurrencies, highlighting the utilities of blockchain and shedding light on Bitcoin's role as a pioneering cryptocurrency.

Written article
Animations
02
Bitcoin and Ethereum fundamentals

This section delves into Bitcoin's historical journey, its transaction structure, and purposes. It explores the process of Bitcoin mining and its capped supply. Shifting to Ethereum, we cover its history and its pioneering role in introducing smart contracts. A comparison of Bitcoin and Ethereum's utilities is presented, along with a distinction between coins and tokens, concluding with a brief overview of smart contracts.

Written article
Animations
03
Introduction to DeFi

This chapter delves into the mechanics of DeFi, which operates in a decentralized, permissionless manner through peer-to-peer interactions and smart contracts. It contrasts DeFi with CeFi, showcasing how DeFi has the potential to revolutionize traditional finance.

Written article
Animations
04
Smart contracts 1

This section introduces smart contracts, which are Ethereum-based self-executing digital contracts. It explains their operation, functions and provides practical examples. Lastly, we cover gas fees on Ethereum and other blockchains.

Written article
Practical tutorials
05
Smart contracts 2

This chapter covers the deployment process of smart contracts, emphasizing their permanent and immutable nature. It includes a concise example of smart contract deployment, highlighting the steps involved. Additionally, the chapter discusses valuable tools for enhancing smart contract functionality, such as security checks, permission verification and error detection.

Written article
Practical tutorials
06
DeFi Architecture

This chapter explores ERC20 tokens and stablecoins in DeFi, decentralized exchanges like Uniswap, governance tokens, and wrapped tokens. It differentiates between the protocol and application layers, offering examples of dApps. The concept of L1, L2, and roll-ups is introduced, highlighting Ethereum, Arbitrum, and DyDx. It delves into the utilities of roll-ups and L2 technologies.

Written article
Animations
07
DeFi security and risks

This chapter covers essential security aspects in the DeFi realm, emphasizing security rules such as seed phrases and ledger protection, as well as the prevalence of scams. We discuss historical hacks and explore their causes. The chapter also provides a comprehensive understanding of Rug Pulls, Honeypots, Phishing Attacks, Scam Airdrops.

Written article
Animations
08
End Assessment

The end of the course is marked by an assessment that evaluates students' mastery of the subject and their ability to apply knowledge effectively.

Knowledge test
Obtaining the certification
Please note that the University reserves the right to modify or cancel the course, as well as to revise the admission requirements or tuition fees, without prior notice.
Skills you will gain
Upon completion of this course, you will gain the following skills:
Blockchain
technology
Articulating the history
and origins of blockchain
Analyzing the foundations of cryptocurrencies
Evaluating blockchain's impact
Smart contracts
Understanding the mechanics
of smart contracts
Grasping the process of smart contracts deployment
Mastering tool integration
Decentralized Finances
Establishing the key components
of the DeFi infrastructure
Understanding Layer 1, Layer 2, and Roll-ups
Proficiency in DeFi security
Admission requirements
You can enroll in the course after signing up for the STC Wallet.

There are no specific admission criteria regarding the level of education or professional experience. However, each candidate must have a level of English proficiency that allows for free communication in writing, listening, reading, and speaking. Furthermore, each candidate must have access to the internet and fill out the required application form.
Student Requirements and Process:
1
Sign up to the STC Wallet and try the demo
Access the demo
2
Once the course is published, you will receive an e-mail with course details.
3
Click the link in the e-mail and access the course on our platform.
Please note that additional terms and conditions may apply to enrollment, and the University reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, as well as to revise the admission requirements or tuition fees.
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