Digital Currencies

Објавено: October 12, 2018
  1.    Course Title Digital Currencies
  2.    Code 3ФЕИТ10Л010
  3.    Study program TKII
  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/8   7.    Number of ECTS credits 6.00
  8.    Lecturer Dr Aleksandar Risteski
  9.    Course Prerequisites

10.    Course Goals (acquired competencies):  Knowledge of the basic concepts of digital currencies and various aspects of their application: carrier technologies and ICT infrastructure, cryptographic algorithms, digital wallets, mining, security and privacy, regulation and business applications. Introduction to different types of digital currencies and technologies (Bitcoin, Blockchain, Synereo, Counterparty, Hyperledger, DECENT Network.

11.    Course Syllabus: Introduction. An overview of the history of money and currencies. Brief overview of carrier technologies for digital currencies. Basic concept of digital currencies. ICT systems for digital currencies. Application of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography in digital currencies. Types of digital currencies. Bitcoin and alternative digital currencies. Bitcoin features. Transactions with Bitcoin. Blockchain concepts. Blockchain technologies: Synereo, Counterparty, Hyperledger, DECENT Network. Aspects of intelligent contracts. Blockchain applications. Digital wallets. Mining of digital currencies. Digital Currency Privacy. Security of digital currencies. Risks when using digital currencies. Cyber-crime with digital currencies. World trends for the legal framework and regulation of digital currencies. Economic aspects of digital currencies and their application. Business applications 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 51 to 60 points     6 (six) (E)
from 61 to 70 points     7 (seven) (D)
from 71 to 80 points     8 (eight) (C)
from 81 to 90 points     9 (nine) (B)
from 91 to 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 2015
2 Satoshi Nakamoto Bitcoin:  A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System 2009