ENTR495 – Web3 Foundations & Blockchain Foundations

Two Courses:

  1. Web3 Foundations
  2. Blockchain Foundations

Total Hours: 9

  • Video Hours: 6
  • Self-Page Hours: 3


Web3 Foundations

Unleash the Internet’s promise.

Web3 represents an exciting, emerging evolution in technology. Building on the foundation of Web2, Web3 introduces critical elements of trust, control, and the management of interactions both among individuals and within the wider digital world.

The Web3 Foundations Course is thoughtfully divided into three comprehensive sections. Initially, the course provides a general introduction to what Web3 is, as well as exploring the integral features and elements that constitute this technology. This portion of the course is designed to be a general overview and does not delve into technical specifics.

Subsequently, the course incorporates a technical introduction to Web3. This part of the curriculum illuminates the technical stack, elaborates on the skills and competencies required to navigate within this technological adaptation, and provides several practical exercises and projects to construct your first Web3 application.

In its final segment, the course continues with a general discussion concerning the technology, broaching the subject of how to implement applications for a variety of stakeholders, including individuals, companies, organizations, and governments. Much like the initial part, this section does not necessitate a technical skill set.

Key Takeaways:

  • Having a basic understanding of Web3
  • Learning about tokenomics
  • Understanding the technical structure of Web3
  • Learning about how to adapt the technology to your organization
  • Exposure to a number of actual use cases

Module 1: Understanding what Web3 is

  • Overview of Web3 features and architecture
  • The history of Web1 and Web2
  • Characteristics of Web3
  • Decentralization
  • Terminology

Module 2: Why Web3

  • Data is the New Oil
  • Why Web3 Matters
  • The Purpose of Web3
  • The flow of Talent to Web3
  • The transfer of Value from Web2 to Web3

Module 3: Web3 and the Metaverse

  • What is the Metaverse
  • Technologies of the Metaverse

Module 4: Blockchain Fundamentals

  • Blockchain is Not Bitcoin
  • Blockchain Definitions
  • History of Blockchain
  • Properties of Blockchain
  • 10 Key Concepts of Blockchain
  • How does Blockchain Work?
  • Consensus Types
  • Mining and Verification
  • Smart Contracts

Module 5: Understanding DeFi

  • What is DeFi
  • DeFi vs Traditional Finance
  • DeFi Activities
  • DeFi Risks

Module 6: Challenges, Risks and Ethics of Web3

  • Advantages of Web3
  • Challenges of Web3
  • Speed of Web3

Module 7: What comes after Web3?

  • What is Web3
  • Is there a Web4 and what is it
  • Is there a Web5


Blockchain Foundations

Educate and empower yourself to confidently advise your career, clients, and colleagues about digital asset technologies.

The Blockchain Foundations course introduces the world of blockchain, bitcoin, and distributed ledgers. You will learn the basics, look at how blockchain works, explore Bitcoin, review blockchain’s brief and fascinating history, and show you the practical usage of this technology. The objective of the course is to provide a solid foundation for those looking to gain a deeper understanding and learn how it will affect nearly all business areas. After all we have a firm focus on, but not entirely limited to, the finance industry. Altogether we will look at use cases already in the market and certainly include emerging use cases to alter how we operate businesses and safeguard our personal information.

Questions We’ll Explore:

  • How does blockchain work?
  • What is mining and hashing?
  • Do digital wallets differ in their capabilities?
  • How will smart contracts change how we operate?
  • What are the nuances with Private vs. Public vs. Hybrid and Permissioned vs. Permissionless blockchains?
  • What are the different types of consensus, and how does the consensus mechanism differ from protocol to protocol?

Module 1: Blockchain Background and Basics

  • Blockchain History
  • How Blockchain Works
  • What are the Properties of a Blockchain?

Module 2: Different Types of Blockchains

  • Private vs. Public Blockchains
  • Permissioned vs. Permissionless
  • Public vs. Private vs Hybrid Discussion

Module 3: Consensus

  • Consensus Mechanisms
  • Consensus Protocols – 14 examples

Module 4: Cryptography and Hashing

  • Machine/Mathematical Cryptography
  • Hash Function Properties

Module 5: Smart Contracts

  • Intensive Smart Contracts
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Smart Contracts
  • Blockchain Oracles

Module 6: Blockchain Wallets

Module 7: Pros and Cons

Module 8: Public Blockchain-Based Applications

Module 9: Blockchain and Crypto Regulation

  • Regulatory Opportunity and Challenges
  • Global Regulations
  • Regulatory View of Bitcoin

Module 10: Regulatory Reporting

Module 11: Distributed Autonomous Organizations

  • The DAO – Distributed Autonomous Organization
  • The DAO Attack – Legal and Other Issues

Module 12: Blockchain Today

Module 13: The Trilemma