Data Security

Course code COMP3260Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

This course deals with topics in cryptography and data security. Students learn fundamental technical tools for cryptography and data security, as well as how to combine the tools to support various security requirements in computerised data processing, data storing and communication.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. To provide fundamental technical skills that will allow our graduates to
a. appreciate important issues in data security
b. be able to implement security measures in a workplace
c. be able to judge the value of security and (on the other hand) the cost of providing security

2. To provide a general framework for the discipline of data security so that our graduates will
a. appreciate the fact that new major advances in data security will occur during their lifetime
b. be prepared to continue to upgrade their knowledge of data security
Content1. Classical cryptography
2. Contemporary symmetric cyphers
3. Public key encryption
4. Information and number theory, finite fields
5. Key management
6. Authentication and digital signatures
7. Network Security
8. Privacy and Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Replacing Course(s)N/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSENG1110,SENG1120, MATH1510, or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid-semester exam - as per course outline
Essays / Written Assignmentsas per course outline
Examination: Formalas per the University's timetable
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentStudents must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course.
Student achieving >25% but less that 40% will be offered an alternate assessment if, and only if, all other assessment items have been submitted.
Students obtaining <25% will not be offered an alternate assessment, and will fail the course, unless students have submitted Adverse Circumstances in accordance with the Adverse Circumstances Policy.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for COMP3260