Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Break classical ciphers

2. Apply number and information theories to modern cryptography

3. Analyse and evaluate modern cryptographic systems

4. Design a system that will provide encryption, decryption, signature and forward security

5. Assess security and privacy in data publishing, social networks, electric voting and digital cash


1. Information and number theory, finite fields

2. Classical cryptography

3. Contemporary symmetric cyphers

4. Public key cryptography

5. Key management

6. Authentication and digital signatures

7. Privacy and Privacy Enhancing Technologies

8. Advanced topics: Elliptic curve cryptography and homomorphic encryption

9. Applications: Privacy in social networks, electronic voting, digital cash

Assumed knowledge



Knowledge of discrete mathematics.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid-term test 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

In Term Test: Mid-Term test 2

Quiz: Weekly quizzes

Formal Examination: Final examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students whose overall mark in the course is 50% or more, but who score less than 40% in the compulsory item and thus fail to demonstrate the required proficiency, will be awarded a Criterion Fail grade, which will show as FF on their formal transcript. However, students in this position who have scored at least 25% in the compulsory item will be allowed to undertake a supplementary 'capped' assessment in which they can score at most 50% of the possible mark for that item.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term



Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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