|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
To introduce students to the theory and practice of block ciphers, cryptographic hash functions, public key cryptography and cryptographic protocols.
Algorithms – cryptographic algorithms
- Historical overview of cryptography
- Private-key cryptography and the key-exchange problem
- Public-key cryptography
- Digital signatures
- Security protocols
- Applications (zero-knowledge proofs, authentication, and so on)
Net-Centric Computing – network security
- Fundamentals of cryptography
- Secret-key algorithms
- Public-key algorithms
- Authentication protocols
- Digital signatures
To be able to:
- list and describe the major cryptographic algorithms and protocols
To be able to:
- apply simple crypographic algorithms to encode messages
- produce programs to apply more complex cryptographic algorithms
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||Lectures|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||0:30||11:00||Revision for end of semester exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||11||1:00||11:00||Coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||22||1:00||22:00||Lecture follow-up|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||11||1:00||11:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||23||1:00||23:00||Background reading|
Lectures will be used to introduce the learning material and for demonstrating the key concepts by example. Students are expected to follow-up lectures within a few days by re-reading and annotating lecture notes to aid deep learning.
This is a very practical subject, and it is important that the learning materials are supported by hands-on opportunities provided by practical classes. Students are expected to spend time on coursework outside timetabled practical classes.
Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading.
Students should set aside sufficient time to revise for the end of semester exam.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||40||approx 8 weekly exercises (16 hours)|
The examination tests the students' possession of knowledge as well as their understanding of the concepts and techniques that are relevant to cryprographic systems. The coursework allows them to apply this knowledge in a realistic setting.
Study abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the length of the exam may differ from that shown in the MOF.
N.B. This module has both “Exam Assessment” and “Other Assessment” (e.g. coursework). If the total mark for either assessment falls below 35%, the maximum mark returned for the module will normally be 35%.
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