Module Catalogue 2020/21

CSC3621 : Cryptography

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Changyu Dong
  • Teaching Assistant: Mr Chris Napier
  • Owning School: Computing
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

To introduce students to the theory and practice of block ciphers, cryptographic hash functions, public key cryptography and cryptographic protocols.

Outline Of Syllabus

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

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

To be able to:
- list and describe the major cryptographic algorithms and protocols

Intended Skill Outcomes

To be able to:
- apply simple cryptographic algorithms to encode messages
- produce programs to apply more complex cryptographic algorithms

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion161:0016:00Coursework
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Podcasts or modified ReCAPs of previous lecture material
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion91:009:00Lecture follow-up via discussion board sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study481:0048:00Background reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time91:009:00Online Q&A via Zoom or Teams
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials which might include short podcasts or modified ReCAPs will be used for delivering the content and demonstrating the key concepts by example.
Students are expected to follow-up lectures. This will be done by (1) a scheduled online Q & A time via Zoom/Team (2) non-synchronized online discussion via Canvas.
Students aiming for 1st class marks are expected to widen their knowledge beyond the content of lecture notes through background reading (recommended textbooks).
Students are expected to spend time on preparing and completing the coursework.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M1002 equally weighted online quizzes (timed, the maximum allow time is 2 hours each).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework will be in the format of online quizzes. The quizzes will be released along with the lecture materials. The coursework tests the students' possession of knowledge, their understanding of the concepts and techniques that are relevant to cryptographic systems, as well as problem solving techniques by requiring them to apply their knowledge in a realistic setting.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.