Selected Topics in Cryptology
2010-2011 - IMT6041 - 5 ECTS

On the basis of

  • IMT4532 Cryptology 1, IMT4552 Cryptology 2, or equivalent

Expected learning outcomes

In the course, the student will acquire

· Advanced level of understanding of methods of analysis and synthesis of cryptographic systems

· Deep understanding of modern cryptographic theory

· Skills to be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of ideas and concepts relating to cryptology.


1. Introduction – elements of information theory, symmetric and asymmetric cipher theory

2. Elements of modern symmetric cipher theory

3. Modern public key systems – elliptic curves

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

  • Lectures
  • Problem solving exercises

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

· Written exam (alternatively oral exam): 51%

· Project: 49%

· Both parts must be passed.

Grading Scale


External/internal examiner

Evaluated by the lecturer

Re-sit examination

The whole subject must be repeated

Examination support

  • Calculator
  • Dictionary

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials


1. Introduction to Cryptography and Coding Theory, 2. edition, Trappe W., Washington L., Prentice Hall, 2006, ISBN: 0131981994.

2. Handbook of Applied Cryptography, Menezes A.,

Various papers (available on-line)

Additional information

There is room for 50 students for the course.