Digital Currencies

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1. Course Title Digital Currencies
2. Code 4ФЕИТ10З005
3. Study program ТКИИ
4. Organizer of the study program (unit, institute, department) Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies
5. Degree (first, second, third cycle) First cycle
6. Academic year/semester IV/7 7. Number of ECTS credits 6
8. Lecturer D-r Aleksandar Risteski
9. Course Prerequisites Passed: Mathematics 2
10. Course Goals (acquired competencies): Knowledge of the basic concepts of blockcahin technologies and digital currencies and various aspects of their application: ICT technologies and infrastructure, cryptographic algorithms, mining, digital wallets, security and privacy, regulation, Industrial and business applications.
11. Course Syllabus: Introduction. Summary of the history of money and currencies. Economic aspects of digital currencies and their application. Basic concepts and types of digital currencies. Summary of enabling technologies and cryptographic algorithms. Blockchain concepts. Overview of Blockchain technologies. Overview of Blockchain applications. Bitcoin and alternative digital currencies and their features. Transactions, addresses, mining, consensus algorithms, network and types of nodes. Digital wallets. Security of digital currencies and risks assessment. Smart contracts. Ethereum. Business applications for digital currencies and application of Blockchain technologies in: finance, health, education, energy, transport and other industrial and social sectors. Privacy of digital currencies. Cybercrime with digital currencies. World trends in legal framework and regulation for digital currencies.
12. Learning methods: Lectures, tutorial and laboratory classes, individual student projects and seminar works.
13. Total number of course hours 3 + 1 + 1 + 0
14. Distribution of course hours 180
15. Forms of teaching 15.1. Lectures-theoretical teaching 45
15.2. Exercises (laboratory, practice classes), seminars, teamwork 30
16. Other course activities 16.1. Projects, seminar papers 20
16.2. Individual tasks 20
16.3. Homework and self-learning 65
17. Grading 17.1. Exams 10
17.2. Seminar work/project (presentation: written and oral) 20
17.3. Activity and participation 0
17.4. Final exam 70
18. Grading criteria (points) up to 50 points 5 (five) (F)
from 51to 60 points 6 (six) (E)
from 61to 70 points 7 (seven) (D)
from 71to 80 points 8 (eight) (C)
from 81to 90 points 9 (nine) (B)
from 91to 100 points 10 (ten) (A)
19. Conditions for acquiring teacher’s signature and for taking final exam Regular participation to lectures and tutorial classes and completion of all laboratory exercises.
20. Forms of assessment During the semester, one partial written exam is taken for a maximum of 90 minutes and tests are conducted during the classes. Instead of taking the second partial exam, a seminar paper or project task (team or individual) is prepared. The final grade includes points from the partial exam, tests and from the seminar paper or project assignment.
The partial exam is taken in the exam sessions. The final grade includes points from the exam, tests and from the seminar paper or project assignment.
A special instruction published before each exam regulates the manner of taking the exam and the use of teaching aids and electronic devices during the exam.
21. Language Macedonian and English
22. Method of monitoring of teaching quality Internal evaluation and surveys.
23. Literature
23.1. Required Literature
No. Author Title Publisher Year
1 Pedro Franco Understanding Bitcoin_ Cryptography, Engineering and Economics Wiley 2014
2 Andreas M. Antonopoulos Mastering Bitcoin_ Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies O’Reilly Media 2014
3 Niaz Chowdhury Inside Blockchain Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies CRC 2018
4 Mark Grabowski Cryptocurrencies_ A Primer On Digital Money Routledge 2019
5 A. Risteski Lectures on Digital Currencies Lecture Notes 2021