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Dennis Kibbe

Residential Faculty - Computer Informations Systems
Business & Information Systems
Office: BP 43A - Room: BP033
P. 480-461-7246
C. 480-228-8112 
Email: dennis.kibbe@mesacc.edu

What is Blockchain?

Blockchain is literally just a chain of blocks. When we say the words “block” and “chain” in this context, we are actually talking about digital information (the “block”) stored in a public database (the “chain”). 

"Blocks” on the blockchain are made up of digital pieces of information.

Specifically, they have three parts:

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  1. Blocks store information about transactions, say the date, time, and dollar amount of your most recent purchase from Amazon. (NOTE: This Amazon example is for illustrative purchases; Amazon retail does not work on a blockchain principle)

  2. Blocks store information about who is participating in transactions. A block for your splurge purchase from Amazon would record your name along with Amazon.com, Inc. Instead of using your actual name, your purchase is recorded without any identifying information using a unique “digital signature,” sort of like a username.

  3. Blocks store information that distinguishes them from other blocks. Much like you and I have names to distinguish us from one another, each block stores a unique code called a “hash” that allows us to tell it apart from every other block. Let’s say you made your splurge purchase on Amazon, but while it’s in transit, you decide you just can’t resist and need a second one. Even though the details of your new transaction would look nearly identical to your earlier purchase, we can still tell the blocks apart because of their unique codes.Student at computer

Why Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain development is the hottest IT job skill today. The job of developing blockchain distributed ledgers for businesses was recently ranked first among the top 20 fastest-growing job skills – and postings for workers with those skills grew more than 200 percent last year.  - Computer World, June 5, 2018

A number of industries from insurance, banking, shipping, health care, retail and e-finance have begun adopting blockchain technology to secure transactions and smart contracts.

New Program at MCC

MCC is one of the first community colleges in the country to provide a blockchain technology certificate program.

The program consists of three classes (9 credits), two of which are offered Spring 2019. 

Survey of Computer Information Systems (CIS105), Overview of computer technology, concepts, terminology, and the role of computers in business and society. It is taught on both MCC campuses and the Institute. 

Networking Technology I (CIS109AM) Computer networking basics. This is currently offered at the MCCCD IT Institute and the Southern and Dobson Campus.

Learning opportunities are offered in-person, online, hybrid and in a compressed scheduling model. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there pre-requisites for Blockchain?

No. CIS 105 and CIS 109 have no pre-requisites.

Can I waive CIS105 if I am already an IT expert?

If you are already an IT expert, you may be able to waive the CIS105 class with permission from Dr. Linda Collins, chair of MCC Business & Information Systems department and ITI Interim Director or the faculty member teaching the course. 

Are You Ready for Online Learning?

To determine your readiness for online learning, take a free online preparedness survey for a detailed, comprehensive analysis of your skill levels as well as resources to enhance abilities where needed.

Class Listing

CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems 3 Credits
Overview of computer technology, concepts, terminology, and the role of computers in business and society. Discussion of social and ethical issues related to computers. Use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software. Includes uses of application software and the Internet for efficient and effective problem solving. Exploration of relevant emerging technologies. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Application [CS]
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Instructor Availability
24312
Downtown Center
TBA
Hybrid
Lecture/Lab
08/21/2019 - 12/13/2019

Fall

We
7:10 PM - 9:50 PM

Staff

Open

24 of 24
Seats Available

Notes: Class 24312 Hybrid classes combine reduced, regularly scheduled classroom meetings with required learning activities conducted via the Internet. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at www.mesacc.edu/elearning/get-started. Students may contact instructor at heather.frengley@mesacc.edu
Class 24312 This class is being held at the new MCCCD IT Institute in downtown Mesa, Arizona located at the Mesa Community College Downtown Center, 145 N Centennial Way, Suite 201, Mesa, AZ 85201. The IT Institute is on the second floor facing the Marriott Hotel. There is free covered parking.

Additional Notes: Notes: CIS105 is a lecture course with computers demonstrations and open lab assignments. CIS105 uses Microsoft Office 2019 to cover word processing, presentation, spreadsheet and database management software. Includes overview of computer technology, concepts, terminology and the role of computers in business and society. Discussion of social and ethical issues related to computers and exploration of relevant emerging technologies. Knowledge or basic features of Windows or MAC and ability to type 30 WPM recommended.

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