Fundamentals in Blockchain QQI Level 6

Start date: 09 October 2023

Duration: Run over two semesters, one Monday a week (6pm - 8pm) - Oct to Dec and Feb to May 2023

Location: Online

Certificate: QQI Level 6

Cost: €400

Course code: N/A

Programme overview

Transferrable across multiple sectors including Fintech, Engineering, Energy, Food, Transportation, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Blockchain is viewed as a disruptive technology with the potential to revolutionise industry. By harnessing it's potential, Blockchain will greatly enhance digital transformation, driving innovation and competitiveness.

The program consists of two semesters, semester one "Introduction to Blockchain" details the fundamentals of the technology with semester two "Blockchain Application" outlining how the technology can be applied. The program has a significant applied focus with guest lecturing and case studies a focus of the learning activity.

A key focus of this introductory program is the removal of entry level barriers, leaving cert or relevant industry experience is sufficient. By widening the pool of knowledge and demystifying the technology the overall goal is to drive innovation through understanding.

This program was developed in conjunction with Dundalk Chamber Skillnet, DkIT and the Fintech Corridor. Program content has been heavily influenced by Industry through intensive engagement.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the training programme, participants will:

Module 1: Blockchain Essentials

  • Identify blockchain characteristics in a given setting.
  • Analyse existing blockchain applications according to a given context.
  • Critically evaluate crytography features in a blockchain application and identify crucial security in a blockchain.
  • Differentiate decentralised autonomous systems, such as distributed ledgers suitable to a given blockchain application.

Module 2: Blockchain Application

  • Identify the main features of common blockchain platforms
  • Analyse how a Blockchain application is built on and managed through a platform.
  • Critically evaluate existing Blockchain applications in different settings.

Who Is This Course For?

This is an introductory program suitable for all personnel directly involved in the business / processes and interested in gaining knowledge in an emerging technology area.

Leaving Cert – Grade D in 5 subjects


Mature applicants (over 23 years) with appropriate work experience. Interviews may apply to all mature students without qualifications


Semester 1 – Module 1: Blockchain Essentials

This module introduced the essential Blockchain Characteristics and addresses the fundamental features of Blockchain Technology / DLT and Bitcoin.

Introduction to Blockchain

  • Blockhain Terminologies
  • Distinction between databases and blockchain ledger.

Cryptographic Component

  • Crypography, hash functions and digital signatures

Consensus Component

  • Principles and paradigms of distributed systems Blockchain consensus algorithms

Blockchain Structures

  • Blockchain Structure
  • Types of Blockchain

Semester 2 – Module 2: Blockchain Application

This module explores Blockchain platforms, with particular focus on the details of Ethereum Blockchain. The underlying structure of smart contracts will be considered.

Blockchain Platforms

  • Current Blockchain Platforms
  • Ethereum Blockchain

Smart Contracts

  • Elements, advantage and use of Smart Contracts.

Blockchain Applications

  • Blockchain based application – ecommerce, social communications, internet of things, storage, data API
  • Blockchain based application in FinTech – Digital Identity, Auditing, Asset Trading, Bank Clearance

Case-Studies / Master-Class

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