Modern Cryptology
2010-2011 - IMT6081 - 5 ECTS

On the basis of

IMT4531 Cryptology 1, IMT4551 Cryptology 2, or equivalent

Expected learning outcomes

In the course, the students 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.


  • Introduction – elements of information theory, general cipher system theory
  • Contemporary theory of randomness – randomness and distinguishability
  • Elements of modern symmetric ciphers theory – Galois fields, primitive polynomials, Boolean functions theory, block ciphers theory, hash functions theory
  • Public key cryptography – RSA theory, digital signatures

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)


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.,

3. Introduction to modern cryptography, Katz J., Lindell Y., Chapman&Hall/CRC, 2008, ISBN: 1-58488-551-3

Various papers (available on-line)

Additional information

There is room for 50 students for the course.