TTM4195 - Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written exam 60/100 3 hours D
Portfolio 40/100

Course content

The course covers the cryptographic theory supporting Bitcoin, Ethereum 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, such as smart contracts, will also be included.

The course content is related to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

4 - Quality education, target 4.4 - Increase the number of people who have relevant skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship,

9 - Industry, innovation and infrastructure, target 9.3 - Increase access to financial services ,

16 - Peace, justice and strong institutions, target 16.4 - Reduce illicit financial and arms flows and combat all forms of organized crime

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

Two assessments provide the basis for the final grade in the course, a portfolio and a written final exam that count for 40 and 60% of the final grade, respectively. Both parts must be passed in order to pass the course. The results for each of the parts are given with a letter grade. The portfolio includes practical work and online quizzes. The written exam is given only in English. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral exam. If a student also after the re-sit exam has the final grade F/failed, the student must repeat the entire course. Also in the case a student wants to try to improve his/her grade, he/she must repeat both assessments.

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 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Telematics
  • Information Security
  • Communication Technology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Written exam 60/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Portfolio 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Written exam 60/100 D PAPIR
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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