MIS716 Blockchain Fundamentals and Applications

Course Catalog Description


This course emphasizes the practical application of Blockchain technology as a business manager in various fields including finance and investments, software development, social media, and real estate. To better enhance the learning experience, the course will also have an entrepreneurial component which views Blockchain from the perspective of an early-stage company or community. Students will form into teams and make final presentations to a panel of industry experts.

Campus Fall Spring Summer
On Campus X


Professor Email
Joe Duncan

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Course Objectives

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the problem set that Bitcoin's creator Satoshi Nakamoto was trying to solve, and his proposed solution.
  • Understand the differences between Bitcoin and smart contract platforms like Ethereum.
  • Examine Blockchain use-cases among different applications like Stablecoins, DeFi, and NFTs, and along different verticals such as social media, real estate, and banking.
  • Learn how to use data analytics tools to track, analyze and visualize on-chain data.
  • Open and utilize your own Ethereum wallet.
  • Develop a business plan for an early stage Blockchain initiative.

Course Resources


  • “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,” Satoshi Nakamoto, October 31, 2008


Grading Policies

1 Mid-term Examination 30%
2 Final Team Project Presentation to Industry Panel 50%
3 In-Class Participation 20%