CM30173: Cryptography
[Page last updated: 23 October 2023]
Academic Year:  2023/24 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Computer Science 
Credits:  6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  120 
Level:  Honours (FHEQ level 6) 
Period: 
 Semester 2

Assessment Summary:  EX 100% 
Assessment Detail:  
Supplementary Assessment: 
 Likeforlike reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)

Requisites: 
An elementary knowledge of number theory, as in chapters 12 of Davenport The Higher Arithmetic, is required to take this module.
Before taking this module you must ( take CM10227 OR take XX10190 OR take MA10265 OR take MA10275 OR take MA10276 ) AND ( take CM20217 OR take MA10209 )

Learning Outcomes: 
1. Students will understand the basic mathematics behind privatekey and publickey cryptography;
2. Students will be able to describe several wellknown techniques for cryptographic security and authentication.

Aims:  To introduce students to the techniques, tools and pitfalls of cryptography (including authentication etc.).

Skills:  Application of Number (T/F, A), Problem Solving (T/F).

Content:  Introduction to the problem: security, privacy, authentication, repudiation, revocation. The key distribution problem: public vs private keys. The mathematics of cryptography: FermatEuler Theorem, structure of finite fields and elliptic curves. Cryptographic algorithms: DiffieHellman, RSA, ElGamal. Cryptanalysis: discrete logarithms, factoring. The Coppersmith attack. Elliptic Curve analogues. Privatekey algorithms: DES, 3DES and AES. Common hashing algorithms: MD5, SHA1. Characteristics of safe keys.
Using cryptography: digital signatures: how to find the public key.Repudiation and revocation, examples in practice: PGP, digital certificates.

Course availability: 
CM30173 is Optional on the following courses:
Department of Computer Science
 USCMAFB06 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science (Year 3)
 USCMAAB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USCMAKB07 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USCMAFB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Year 3)
 USCMAAB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USCMAKB27 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USCMAFB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 3)
 USCMAAB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USCMAKB20 : BSc(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USCMAFM01 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science (Year 3)
 USCMAAM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Study year abroad (Year 3)
 USCMAKM02 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science with Year long work placement (Year 3)
 USCMAFM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (Year 3)
 USCMAAM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Study year abroad (Year 3)
 USCMAKM27 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence with Year long work placement (Year 3)
 USCMAFM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics (Year 3)
 USCMAAM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 3)
 USCMAKM14 : MComp(Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 3)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 3)
 USMAAAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB01 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB20 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science (Year 3)
 USMAAAB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 4)
 USMAAAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 5)

Notes:  This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2023/24 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2024/25 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2023/24.
 Courses and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
 Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any prerequisite rules.
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