MGT 491 sec 002: Blockchain: Foundations and Applications

The use of Blockchain technology is exploding, student awareness of it is escalating and demand from employers for blockchain skills is growing exponentially. Much like the Internet in the 1990s, blockchain is expected to become a critical technology platform that will underpin some of the most transformative and disruptive innovations ranging from cryptocurrencies (like Bitcoin) to contract law to privacy to cybersecurity. It will also spawn new business models and many entrepreneurial opportunities. Students in business, technology, law and economics will assuredly encounter blockchain and its applications during their professional lifetimes.

This comprehensive course covering both the technology behind blockchain and the multiple opportunities for its application will give students an excellent foundation into understanding what blockchain is and how it may be applied. The course will be a series of lectures and interactive sessions taught by faculty from entrepreneurship, law, computer science, economics, accounting and supply chain management, among others. In the Fall 2018 we have guest lecturers from IBM, Deloitte and Holland and Knight scheduled. Students will be expected to do readings, watch videos (and possibly attend events) outside of class. This course will address cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum as one application of blockchains, but this course is not meant for students who are solely interested in trading digital currencies.

Enrollment will be limited, and a preference will be given to juniors, seniors and students earning the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. A technical background is not required, but an understanding of business principles will be very helpful. This course is an elective in the Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

THE DETAILS
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the course, interested students must complete a short questionnaire to express their interest. Students will be notified as soon as possible whether they’ve been admitted into the course.

This is a three credit-hour course that will meet in person one time per week for two hours. The balance of the coursework will be assigned readings, videos and events. The course will meet in person on Tuesdays from 8:00 am to 9:50 am in room 346 of the Law School. This website is MORE CURRENT than what the Registrar’s website says (on the Schedule of Courses page), so if there are any discrepancies, this page contains the the more accurate information.

To express your interest in taking this course in the Fall 2018 semester, please fill out this survey:  https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5uRKtqc6FKpaWRT 

If you have questions, please fill out the contact form.

The schedule for the class as well as reading assignments will be updated frequently.

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