Course Title: Frontiers of Applied Cryptography

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Frontiers of Applied Cryptography

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

INTE1127

City Campus

Postgraduate

145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

INTE1127

City Campus

Postgraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

INTE2092

City Campus

Undergraduate

145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2015

INTE2092

City Campus

Undergraduate

171H School of Science

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Serdar Boztas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2285

Course Coordinator Email: serdar.boztas@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 15.04.007

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisites: INTE1124 Coding for Reliable Communications and INTE1125 Cryptography and Security.


Course Description

This course builds on the content presented in INTE1125 Cryptography and Security and introduces a detailed study of contemporary and emerging cryptographic and cryptanalytic techniques and their importance in implementing secure systems. You will study a selection of special topics in cryptography such as: Block ciphers and their cryptanalysis, elliptic curve cryptography, primality testing and factorization, quantum computing and quantum safe cryptography, blockchain and its applications. You will learn to 

  • apply knowledge and skills as a foundation for further study of Information Security concepts and
  • communicate and interpret ideas related to advanced cryptography in Information Security applications in the form of answers to assignments. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to: 

  1. Discuss and explain new developments in cryptography in a critical, problem solving context.
  2. Identify and discuss the role of cryptanalysis in the design of secure systems.
  3. Describe basic technical details of block cipher design and analysis and public key cryptosystems based on integer factorization and elliptic curves
  4. Describe basic technical details of Quantum Safe Cryptosystems and Blockchain based Cryptography Primitives.
  5. Recognise the practical implications of new theoretical developments and technical limitations which may impact successful applications of theoretical breakthroughs in real world systems.
  6. Ascertain probable changes in security measures in response to new attacks on cryptosystems.
  7. Argue the place of ethics in the Information Security area. 


This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for MC159 Master of Cyber Security

International Orientation and Strategic Thinking

  • Graduates will have a strategic and practical overview of the issues in information security and assurance.

Critical Analysis and Problem Solving

  • Evaluate information security risks across diverse service settings including the Internet and WWW based commerce systems, high bandwidth digital communications and funds transfer services,
  • Undertake professional careers or postgraduate research in information security or other IT related fields, acquiring the required information needed to identify real world solutions to real world information security problems.

Communication

  • Graduates will have the ability to communicate both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) and to tailor the style and means of communication to different audiences.

Ethical Values

  • Graduates will exhibit an ability to appreciate the ethical considerations that inform judgments and decision making in academic and professional settings.


Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of planned student learning experiences will accommodate the learning outcomes envisaged for this course. This includes individual and group activities and laboratory-based learning experiences. 

 
A presentation format will provide an overview of the specified study area and direct you to foundational, analytical, and evidence-based readings about cryptography and its place in Information Security. Facilitated open discussions will draw on your capacity to solve problems, to think critically and analytically and reflect on your own relevant work and life experiences. 
Individual and group activities, such as in-semester assessments, will provide you with on-going feedback on your progress. In-semester assessments may take the form of homework assignments,  class tests and/or computer-based project work.  Presentation of project work may also form part of the assessment. The assessments will reinforce the material covered in lectures and in your personal study. Your capacity to solve problems and to think critically and analytically will also be addressed through problems presented in lectures and facilitated seminars. In-semester assessments will emphasize the role of ethics in the academic arena. You will be expected to understand the plagiarism policy enforced at RMIT. 
The assessment tasks will test your comprehension of the subject material and your ability to apply this understanding to real world problems. 


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be expected to expand on the subject matter provided as lecture notes. This will take the form of accessing various external and internal resources, such as the library and the Internet. References to books, including text and reference books will be provided in class. 

The Internet will be the most important source for academic, technical and white papers and you will be required to use this as a learning resource on a regular basis. In addition your classmates and tutor/lecturer are also important learning resources as will be demonstrated in facilitated discussions. 

Canvas: This course is supported online using Canvas, which gives access to important announcements, a discussion forum, staff contact details, the teaching schedule, assessment timelines. You are advised to read your student e-mail daily for important announcements. You should also visit the course Canvas site at least once a day where you will find important announcements regarding the course and all key documents. 


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Weekly quizzes  

Weighting: 10% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-2 & 6-7 
 
 

In-class discipline based practical assessments 

Weighting: 50% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-5 
 

Discipline based practical assignments 

Weighting: 40% 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-7