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This course has NO CODING and, as such, is designed for business students seeking an "out-of-college" course (thus the CSB designation rather than a business designation like FIN) while also serving more technically-oriented students seeking insight in the applications of blockchain, the impact of blockchain, and the policy issues relating to blockchains that central banks, financial institutions, and governments will face.
The course readings are designed to provide:
We shall retain some degree of flexibility so as to be able to address technical, business, and policy developments that emerge in the news during the semester.
This course aims to give business students the basis for understanding the foundations of blockchain, to give computer science students the basis for understanding the impact of blockchain, and to give all students the basis for a deeper understanding of this emerging technology. Grades will be based on class participation, student presentation of some of the assigned readings, and several short student-written papers. No coding will be required.
In the Computer Science and Business Program, this course counts as a professional elective but does not count as a "CSE elective from approved list". In the Computer Science majors this course does not count towards the required CSE course elective credits.
Prerequisite (from catalog): ECO 001 and (BIS 111 or CSE 001 or CSE 002 or CSE 012) and (CSE 017 or MKT 111 or FIN 125 or SCM 186)
This somewhat complex prerequisite is just ECO 001 plus some basic computing background (BIS or CSE) plus one course of depth in EITHER computing or in business.
Students with other backgrounds that fit the "spirit" though not the "letter" of the prerequisite should reach out to the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org to request consideration for an override.
Aside from the initial introduction to the technical concepts of blockchain, this course does not overlap CSE 297 and both may be taken for credit.
The course was most recently offered in Fall 2016. In recent years, the blockchain courses have taken precedence.