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Blockchain-based Systems Engineering – Lecture Slides

Burak Öz, Felix Hoops, Ulrich Gallersdörfer, and Florian Matthes
School of Computation, Information, and Technology
Technical University of Munich
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This GitHub-repository contains all contents of the lecture Blockchain-based Systems Engineering (IN2359), held regularly in the summer term at the Technical University of Munich, starting in 2018. About 900 students regularly enroll in the course.

  • Lecture: Prof. Dr. Florian Matthes
  • Exercises / Tutorials: Burak Öz
  • Contact: Please open an issue / pull requests for comments. If you are interested in the .pptx-files, drop us an email.

Module description

In this lecture, we provide an overview of blockchain systems and systems engineering, focusing on the technical details and applications of blockchain systems. We introduce cryptographic hash functions and present their properties. Then the data structure and the working principles of the Bitcoin blockchain are investigated in detail. We analyze the Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus mechanism of Bitcoin and illustrate the mining scheme. Moreover, we inspect the risks, challenges, and limitations of the technology. Following this, we demonstrate the system architecture of the Ethereum blockchain with a focus on the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and smart contracts. Subsequently, the Solidity language is explained in terms of syntax, types, and design. Ethereum decentralized applications (dApps) are illustrated with current standards and frameworks, and specifics to dApp developments are introduced. The Tezos blockchain is introduced with a focus on its infrastructure, consensus mechanism, on-chain governance, and use cases. Alternative approaches to distributed ledger technologies in the enterprise space are also discussed. Accordingly, the Hyperledger project and the framework Fabric are unfolded. Further, we present an overview of the current state of the blockchain ecosystem with a focus on topics such as Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI), Maximal Extractable Value (MEV), and applied web3.


Lectures and Exercises - 2022

Content of Lecture Content of Exercise
0 & 1: Organization & Introduction
2: Cryptographic Basics 2: Cryptographic Basics & Solution
3: Bitcoin Basics 3: Bitcoin Basics & Solution
4: Consensus in Bitcoin 4: Consensus in Bitcoin & Solution
5: Bitcoin Evolution and Challenges 5: Bitcoin Evolution and Challenges & Solution
6: Ethereum Basics 6: Ethereum Practical 1 & Solution
7: Ethereum Smart Contracts 7: Ethereum Practical 2 & Solution
8: Ethereum Design Patterns 8: Ethereum Practical 3 & Solution
Bonus: Ethereum Dapps Bonus: Ethereum Practical 4 & Solution
9: Tezos Basics 9: Ethereum Theoretical & Solution
10: Hyperledger
11: Micro-Lecture Applied Web3
11: Micro-Lecture MEV
12: Micro-Lecture DAO
12: Micro-Lecture SSI

Guest Lectures

Title Speaker Slides
Ethereum 2.0 Parithosh Jayanthi Slides

We thank this year's speaker Parithosh Jayanthi for his guest lecture and allowing us to share his material within this repository.



Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

This work is licensed under Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0).


We wish to thank Alexander Hefele, Kaan Uzdogan, Christian Ziegler, and Konstantin Kuchenmeister for supporting the lecture and all others which provided valuable feedback!

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