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Undergraduate course

Algebraic Coding

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeINF243
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


Error correcting codes enable new applications on higher protocol layers. Among such applications we find efficient distributed storage, coding for low latency transport protocols, private information retrieval, and distributed computation, including secure versions of these applications. The aim of the course is to provide the algebraic foundation for the design of codes for these applications, and to show how the coding schemes can be implemented.


Algebraic codes used in higher layer protocols in the Internet and in storage systems: Distributed Storage Systems, Transport layer coding for single path and multiple path communication, Coding for Private Information Retrieval, Coding for Reduced latency, Coding for Efficient and Secure Distributed Computation, network coding and index coding.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Information theoretic bounds of achievable efficiency for storage systems and communication systems
  • State of the art coding techniques for such systems


The student is able to

  • Implement protocols for distributed storage in software
  • Implement protocols for Efficient and Secure distributed computation in software
  • Implement protocols for Reduced latency transport layer communication in software
  • Implement protocols for private information retrieval in software
  • Optimize parameters for communication and storage systems according to a diverse set of criteria

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

For incoming exchange students: At least 60 ECTS in Computer Science and at least 10 ECTS in mathematics

Recommended Previous Knowledge

INF240, MNF130, INF100, MAT121, STAT110 are strongly recommended.

In addition are INF142, INF140, INF101, INF242 recommended.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

I243: 5 ECTS

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

Lectures 4hours/week for 13 weeks

Exercises 2 hours/week

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory assignments are valid for one subsequent semester.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

Written examination or Digital written examination (3 hours). Mandatory assignments may be graded and included in 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

    07.06.2023, 09:00
    3 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination result announcement
    Examination system
    Digital exam