Available in 2018

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.



  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. explain the main issues in data security

2. implement security measures in a workplace

3. evaluate the value of security and (on the other hand) the cost of providing security

4. continue to upgrade their knowledge of data security


  1. 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


This course has similarities to COMP3260. If you have successfully completed COMP3260 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

SENG6110 SENG6120 Knowledge of discrete mathematics.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid-term test 1

In Term Test: Mid-term test 2

Report: Report 1

Report: Report 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 must obtain >=40% in the final exam to pass the course.

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