MATH324-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Cryptography and Coding Theory

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
17 Jul 2017 - 19 Nov 2017

Description

This course deals with the mathematical ideas underlying modern cryptography, including algebra, number theory and probability theory.

Cryptography is the science of making and breaking secret codes: encryption is what keeps our credit card details safe when we send them over the internet. We will study the mathematics behind some of the main encryption systems in current use. Coding theory comprises the other  half of the course. It provides the theory and methods for coding information so that it can be transmitted over a noisy channel and be accurately decoded by the receiver. Cryptography and coding theory draw on ideas from algebra, geometry, number theory and probability theory. The course is aimed at students majoring in computer science or mathematics. It follows on from MATH220  (Discrete Mathematics and Cryptography); it is good preparation for or a good complement  to COSC332 (Data and Network Security), COSC413 (Advanced Topics in Algorithms) and  COSC436 (Security Fundamentals). Students who do not have the appropriate background in cryptography but who wish to enroll in the course should contact the course coordinator in order to discuss their eligibility.

Learning Outcomes

to become familiar with the mathematics behind some of the main encryption systems currently in use

  • to develop the necessary mathematical skills to analyse the efficiency and security of cryptosystems in a rigorous mathematical setting
  • to understand the principles and theory of error-correcting codes, and the various methods for constructing them
  • to understand important ideas from classical number theory, algebra, geometry and probability theory

Pre-requisites

One of MATH203, MATH220 or MATH240, and a further 15 points from MATH201-294.

Restrictions

Timetable 2017

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 Erskine 445 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 09:00 Erskine 446 17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Examples Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Erskine 445 17 Jul - 23 Jul
31 Jul - 6 Aug
14 Aug - 20 Aug
11 Sep - 17 Sep
25 Sep - 1 Oct
9 Oct - 15 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Erskine 445 24 Jul - 30 Jul
7 Aug - 13 Aug
21 Aug - 27 Aug
18 Sep - 24 Sep
2 Oct - 8 Oct
16 Oct - 22 Oct

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 18:30 - 19:30 Erskine 031 Lecture Theatre 21 Aug - 27 Aug

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Felipe Voloch

Lecturer

Charles Semple

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments 25%
Test 25%
Final Examination 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $735.00

International fee $3,525.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics.

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