CSC3631 : Cryptography (Inactive)
- Inactive for Year: 2020/21
- Module Leader(s): Dr Thomas Gross
- Owning School: Computing
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|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.
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
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:30||1:30||final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||23||0:30||11:30||Revision for final exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||11||1:00||11:00||Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||10||1:00||10:00||Practical coursework|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||22||1:00||22:00||background reading|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||22||1:00||22:00||Lecture 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||40||equivalent 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
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%.