COMPX502-19B (HAM)

Cryptography

15 Points

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School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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Paper Description

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An introduction to cryptographic methods.

The first half of this paper concerns number theory. The oldest subject in mathematics, number theory is now as relevant as ever because it provides the basis of cryptography and computer security. Famous problems include Fermat’s Last Theorem, the Riemann Hypothesis and the Goldbach Conjecture. Topics covered in the paper include such gems as the distribution of primes, Gauss’s theory of quadratic equations modulo p, and the mysteries of the zeta-function.

The Cryptography half of this paper will cover the basics of both public and private key cryptosystems. We will touch on Information Theory, entropy, key exchange, trapdoor functions, R.S.A., Massey-Omura, and El Gamal.

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Paper Structure

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Class attendance is expected. The course notes provided are not comprehensive, additional material will be covered in class. You are responsible for all material covered in class.
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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1
20
2. Assignment 1
15
3. Test 2
20
4. Assignment 2
15
5. Final Test
30
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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3-4 Lectures per week + 3 hours Homework per week.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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COMP235 Logic and Computation or MATH258 Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

Restricted Papers: the old MATH320 Discrete Mathematics and Number Theory, or the old COMP502 Cryptography

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: MATHS135 or MATHS202 or MATH258 or COMP235 or COMPX361

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: MATHS314, MATH320, COMP402 and COMP502

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