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The course covers the cryptographic theory supporting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as well as the practical aspects of how a cryptocurrency is designed. The advantages and disadvantages of different approaches are explored. More general applications of blockchain technologies are also included.
2022 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.*Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies*The course covers the cryptographic theory supporting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as well as the practical aspects of how a cryptocurrency is designed. The advantages and disadvantages of different approaches are explored. More general applications of blockchain technologies are also included.This course covers the practical exploration of real cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. The course mainly combines lectures and tutorials. If possible, invited lectures will be considered. Weekly tutorials and online quizzes will support the theory aspects. Tutorials can include either exercises or sessions for questions related to assignments. Assignments will be written reports and possibly oral presentations, and are developed to assert the students’ understanding. Cryptography-related lectures will cover mathematical concepts (number theory). Exercises during tutorials will be provided to strengthen the assimilation and application of those concepts.
1. Learning and evaluating the underlying principles and techniques associated with blockchain technologies.2. Becoming familiar with the cryptographic building blocks and analyzing how they are used in a typical cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.3. Developing a practical understanding of how cryptocurrencies are implemented and a critical evaluation of existing limitations of currently available blockchain and cryptocurrency systems.
Please note that the course activity times advertised here are currently in draft form, to be finalised on Monday 31 January 2022 for S1 and whole year courses, and Monday 27 June 2022 for S2 courses. Please do hold off enquiries about these times till those finalisation dates.
2022 Covid-19 Update: Please refer to the course page on AKO | Learn for all information about your course, including lectures, labs, tutorials and assessments.
Bitcoin and cryptocurrency technologies : a comprehensive introduction
Princeton University Press, 2016.
1. Lecture slides and tutorial slides.2. Online readings will be provided.4. Additional resources and textbooks may be suggested from the development and application of the course.
The Computer Science department's grading policy states that in order to pass a course you must meet two requirements:1. You must achieve an average grade of at least 50% over all assessment items.2. You must achieve an average mark of at least 45% on invigilated assessment items.If you satisfy both these criteria, your grade will be determined by the following University-wide scale for converting marks to grades: an average mark of 50% is sufficient for a C- grade, an average mark of 55% earns a C grade, 60% earns a C+ grade and so forth. However if you do not satisfy both the passing criteria you will be given either a D or E grade depending on marks. Marks are sometimes scaled to achieve consistency between courses from year to year.Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances beyond their control.Applications for special consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website within five days of the assessment. Where an extension may be granted for an assessment, this will be decided by direct application to the Department and an application to the Examinations Office may not be required. Special consideration is not available for items worth less than 10% of the course.Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.
Domestic fee $1,051.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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Computer Science and Software Engineering