CSC3631 : Cryptography (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion230:3011:30Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:0011:00Practicals
Guided Independent StudyProject work101:0010:00Practical coursework
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study221:0022:00background reading
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study221:0022:00Lecture follow-up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M40equivalent of 1500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination tests the students' possession of knowledge as well as their understanding of the concepts and
techniques that are relevant to cryptographic 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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