The total estimated time required for you to spend on this course is approximately 6.5 hours (see breakdown below). This course is will introduce the learner to five main tech innovations that are shaping the new era of Digital Finance, namely:1. Fintech2. Cryptocurrencies3. Blockchain Technology4. De Fi (Decentralized Finance)5. CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies)We will also examine how all of these technologies mesh and influence one another. Apart from a brief introduction to the course & instructor (6 min.), here is a specific breakdown of each of the five parts (along with the estimated time spent on each for lecture + student work): Part 1 – Fintech (30 min.)- defining Fintech- application areas- assignment #1 (describing the shortcomings of a Fintech application)Part 2 – Cryptocurrencies (30 min.)- basic characteristics of coins and tokens, including encryption- Bitcoin & Ethereum- how crypto transactions are recorded on blockchains- privacy-oriented cryptocurrencies- wallets & crypto exchanges- crypto ranking websites and how to use them Part 3 – Blockchain Technology (45 min.)- what a blockchain is and how it works (in very basic/simplistic form)- Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT)- how transactions are processed & validated through nodes/miners/validators- the decentralized nature of blockchains- blockchain explorers- smart contracts- DAPPs (Distributed Applications)- popular blockchain platforms Ethereum, Solana, and Avalanche- portals to other blockchain projects- Quiz # 1 – Cryptocurrencies & Blockchain Part 4 – De Fi (Decentralized Finance) (60 min.)- defining De Fi- De Fi terminology (digital assets, synthetic assets, open source, etc.)- the 5 main components of De Fi1. Smart contracts2. Borrowing/Lending/Staking3. Decentralized Exchanges4. Cryptocurrencies5. Stablecoins- Assignment # 2 – De Fi Part 5 – CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currencies) (75 min.)- introducing CBDCs- characteristics of CBDCs- the Chinese CBDC ‘digital Yuan’ (e CNY)- other countries’ CBDCs- factors considered in the design of CBDCs- concerns regarding CBDCs- Assignment # 3 – CBDCs Implications Discussion (20 min.)- discussing the effects of these technologies have on traditional banking- discussing the effects of these technologies have on your job and company- exploring the role Bitcoin will play going forward Putting it all together (Recommended viewings) (120 min.)- synthesizing the material from this course together to make sense of it all- hearing from two leading experts in these spaces – one from a global macro perspective and the other from a technological one BONUS: Recommended Resources for continued learning + Entire course PPT downloadable (in PDF format) (5 min.)- leaving you with outstanding resources (online crypto magazines & video learning) for your continued learning- you will get the entire course PPT with all the invaluable links at your fingertips for review and consultation.