Data Security

10 Units

This course deals with topics in cryptography and data security. Students learn fundamental technical tools for cryptography and data security, as well as how to combine the tools to support various security requirements in computerised data processing, data storing and communication.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
  1. To provide fundamental technical skills that will allow our graduates to:
  • appreciate important issues in data security
  • be able to implement security measures in a workplace
  • be able to judge the value of security and (on the other hand) the cost of providing security
  1. To provide a general framework for the discipline of data security so that our graduates will:
  • appreciate the fact that new major advances in data security will occur during their lifetime
  • be prepared to continue to upgrade their knowledge of data security
  1. Classical cryptography
  2. Contemporary symmetric cyphers
  3. Public key encryption
  4. Information and number theory, finite fields
  5. Key management
  6. Authentication and digital signatures
  7. Network Security
  8. Privacy and Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Replacing Course(s)
Transition None.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge SENG6110, SENG6120 Knowledge of discrete mathematics.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Class - Mid-Semester Examination. As per course outline.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignments. As per course outline.
  • Examination: Formal - As per the University's exam timetable.
  • Reports - Research Report. As per course outline.
Contact Hours
  • Workshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Compulsory Course Component: Students must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course. Student achieving >25% but less that 40% will be offered an alternate assessment if, and only if, all other assessment items have been submitted. Students obtaining <25% will not be offered an alternate assessment, and will fail the course, unless students have submitted Adverse Circumstances in accordance with the Adverse Circumstances Policy.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for COMP6360

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