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

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2017, 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. explain the main issues in data security
  2. implement security measures in a workplace
  3. evaluate the value of security and (on the other hand) the cost of providing security
  4. continue to upgrade their knowledge of data security
  1. Information and number theory, finite fields
  2. Classical cryptography
  3. Contemporary symmetric cyphers
  4. Public key encryption
  5. Key management
  6. Authentication and digital signatures
  7. Network Security
  8. Privacy and Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Assumed Knowledge SENG1110 SENG1120 MATH1510 or equivalent
Assessment Items
  • In Term Test: Midterm Test 1
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 1
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 2
  • In Term Test: Midterm Test 2
  • Quiz: Weekly Quizzes
  • Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must obtain 40% in the final exam to pass the course.)
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for COMP3260
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