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Undergraduate course

Applied Cryptography

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeINF143A
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
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Objectives and Content


This course gives an introduction to cryptographic protocols and primitives, with focus on their applications.

The goal of cryptography is information protection by the use of cryptographic primitives including ciphers, digital signatures, and hash functions, as well as cryptographic protocols that incorporate these primitives. Roughly speaking, cryptography provides tools to keep information secret from unauthorised parties who do not possess a secret key. Some cryptographic primitives are standardized, and these are widely deployed and used in security protocols in retail trade, banking, payments over the Internet, access control, and generally in any kind of digital communication and storage that involves sensitive or valuable information.


The course presents a selection of commonly used protocols. The selection may vary from year to year. Commonly used protocols include protocols for key exchange (e.g., Diffie-Hellman) and key lifetime, the TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol, IPSec, protocols for smart card payments, the TOR onion routing protocol, secure messaging protocols, Wifi security (WEP, WPAx), block chain security protocols, authenticated encryption protocols, and release of unverified plain text.

During the discussion of the protocols, we also present and describe the cryptographic primitives used, including symmetric-key and public-key ciphers in general as well as specific instances and operation modes of such ciphers, hash functions and message authentication codes, digital signature schemes and public key infrastructures.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence.

The student should have knowledge of

  • cryptographic protocols; their function and their limitations, and the difficulty associated with designing them,
  • properties of modern symmetric ciphers like AES,
  • properties of modern asymmetric ciphers like RSA,
  • properties of hash functions, MACs and digital signatures,
  • the mathematical foundations of cryptography.

Skills. The student is able to

  • implement a simple cryptographic protocol and at the same time be aware of the difficulty and the danger of doing so,
  • explain the main cryptographic applications,
  • digest and explain properties of cryptography primitives,
  • locate issues in security protocols relevant to cryptography.

General competence. The student

  • is familiar with new ideas and innovation processes,
  • can exchange opinions with others with relevant background and participate in discussions concerning the development of good practice.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

INF100, MAT121, STAT110 (May be studied in parallel), MNF130, INF140, INF142 are highly recommended.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching comprises of lectures and group exercises:

Lectures: 4 hours pr. week for 13 weeks
Group exercises: 2 hours pr. week

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory assignments are valid for one subsequent semester .

Forms of Assessment

Written examination or Digital written examination (3 hours).
Compulsory exercises may count towards the final grade.

Examination Support Material

Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact studieveileder@ii.uib.no

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.

Contact Information

Student adviser:


T: 55 58 42 00

Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    12.06.2023, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination result announcement
    Examination system
    Digital exam