MATHS 4026 - Cryptography Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
General Course Information
Course Code MATHS 4026 Course Cryptography Honours Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites MATHS 1004 or MATHS 1008 or MATHS 1011 or MATHS 1013 Restrictions Honours students only Course Description Cryptography is a vital aspect of cybersecurity. This course introduces modern cryptographic techniques in the context of information security in the workplace. It provides a sound understanding of the different types of cryptosystems available, the practical issues of applying cryptographic methods and key issues in the management of information security. Topics covered are introduction to cryptography: encryption, decryption, attacks; symmetric encryption: stream and block ciphers, AES, block cipher modes; hash functions; message authentication; public key cryptography; data integrity; digital signature schemes; authentication; cryptographic protocols; key management; applications: credit card transactions, wireless LAN, mobile telecommunications.
Course Coordinator: Dr Susan Barwick
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Understand that different types of cryptosystems are needed for different security needs.
- Understand the practical issues associated with using cryptography..
- Identify key issues relating to managing security of information
- An awareness that cryptography is just one part of information security in the workplace.
- How to think about the adversary in the context of cryptography.
- Look at existing toolkits, understand their core functionality and know how to use them.
- Understand why key management is an essential process which underpins the security of any cryptographic scheme.
- Develop the tools to implement an application specific key management process.
- Understand why no cryptographic mechanism should be implemented before consulting the relevant standard.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
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Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
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Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAccess to the internet.
Recommended ResourcesKeith M. Martin. Everyday Cryptography, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 2017.
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources,
such as lecture notes, assignment papers, and sample solutions.
Students should make appropriate use of these resources. Link to MyUni
login page: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
The course will be taught as a series of topics, and managed via MyUni. Each topic will involve a series of short video lectures, followed by quizzes to test understanding of the material, and provide students with immediate feedback.
Fortnightly homework assignments help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and their skills in applying it, and allow them to gauge their progress.
Weekly tutorials provide opportunities to explore the theory in group discussions, and exercises to practice applying the theory.
Weekly workshops run by the lecturer are an opportunity to engage further with the topic in an active face-2-face setting.
Students are expected to engage with all material on MyUni.
Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties is strongly encouraged.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload Hours Lecture Topics 16 78 Tutorials 12 36 Online Quizzes 12 Assignments 5 30 Total 156
Learning Activities SummaryCryptography is a vital aspect of cybersecurity. This course introduces modern cryptographic techniques in the context of information security in the workplace. It provides a sound understanding of the different types of cryptosystems available, the practical issues of applying cryptographic methods and key issues in the management of information security.
The course considers the fundamental principles of cryptography, stressing the core information that a practitioner of cryptography needs to know. It does not focus on the mathematical details of current technology used in modern cryptography. The emphasis is on why cryptography is important, how it can be used, and issues relating to its implementation. Students will gain an understanding of issues relating to data security in the real world.
The course does not assumed any prior knowledge of cryptography, and only assumes a limited mathematical background.
Topics covered are introduction to cryptography: encryption, decryption, attacks; symmetric encryption: stream and block ciphers, AES, block cipher modes; hash functions; message authentication; public key cryptography; data integrity; digital signature schemes; authentication; cryptographic protocols; key management; applications such as TLS and wireless LAN.
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Assessment SummaryAssessment will consist of an exam, a midsemester test, assignments, weekly quizzes and tutorial participation. The relative weightings are:
exam 50% mid-semester test 15% weekly quizzes 15% assignments 15% tutorial participation 5%
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment DetailAssessment will consist of an exam, a midsemester test, assignments, weekly quizzes and tutorial participation.
Assignments are due in weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11.
Tutorials are held every week starting in week 1.
The mid semester test is in week 7 during the timetabled workshop.
SubmissionWork must be submitted according to the policies and procedures published on the MyUni course site.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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