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Introduction to Cryptography - COM00046H

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Pooya Farshim
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module summary

Introduce foundational concepts and results in modern cryptography.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22

Module aims

Introduce foundational concepts and results in modern cryptography and develop a firm understanding of fundamental symmetric and asymmetric cryptographic mechanisms, including various security models, and how to prove security.

Module learning outcomes

  • Be able to explain what cryptography is, what it is used for, and what are the fundamental types of cryptographic algorithms.

  • Detail the modern approach to defining security goals in cryptography.

  • Detail the main techniques and recent developments in cryptographic algorithm and protocol design.

  • Be able to assess whether cryptographic components and algorithms meet identified security criteria that must be satisfied for effective resilience to attacks.


Task Length % of module mark
Introduction to Cryptography
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Introduction to Cryptography
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback is provided through work in practical sessions, and after the final assessment as per normal University guidelines.

Indicative reading

[1] J. Katz, Introduction to modern cryptography, Third edition :: Chapman & Hall/CRC, 2020
[2] J.-P. Aumasson, Serious cryptography : a practical introduction to modern encryption :: No Starch Press, 2018
[3] C. Paar, Understanding cryptography : a textbook for students and practitioners :: Springer, 2009
[4] A. McAndrew, Introduction to cryptography with open-source software :: CRC Press, 2011
[5] W. Stallings, Cryptography and network security : principles and practice, Seventh edition :: Pearson, 2017
[6] A. J. Menezes, Handbook of applied cryptography :: CRC Press, 1997

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