TTM4195 - Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 15/100 A
work 25/100 A
Home examination 60/100 2 hours

Course content

The course covers the cryptographic theory supporting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as well as the practical aspects of how a cryptocurrency is designed. The advantages and disadvantages of different approaches will be explored. More general applications of blockchain technologies will also be included.

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge: Students will learn the underlying principles and techniques associated with blockchain technologies. They will become familiar with the cryptographic building blocks and how they are used in a typical cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.

B. Skills: Students will develop a practical understanding of how cryptocurrencies are implemented and the practical limitations of currently available blockchain and cryptocurrency systems.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, seminars, invited lectures, student presentations and laboratory exercises. A group-based practical exploration of real cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Weekly online quizzes will support the theory aspects.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a practical task which counts 25%, online quizzes which count 15% and a final written exam which counts 60%. The entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.

The exam is given in English only. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

If a student also after the re-sit exam has the final grade F/failed, the student must repeat the entire course. Works that count in the final grade must be repeated.

Course materials

Recommended textbook: "Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction", by Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau, Edward Felten, Andrew Miller, Steven Goldfeder, July 2016.

Online readings will be provided.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Telematics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 15/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS work 15/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD work 25/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS work 25/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination (1) 60/100

Release 2020-12-04

Submission 2020-12-04

Release 09:00

Submission 11:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 60/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
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