TTM4195 - Blockchain Technologies and Cryptocurrencies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 60/100 3 hours D
Work 25/100 A
Work 15/100 A

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.

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 2021

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: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 25/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Work 15/100 A
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD School exam 60/100 D 2021-12-20 09:00
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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