CSC 233 Codes and Ciphers
This course is an introduction to the science and history of secret writing (cryptography) and how codes and ciphers can be broken (cryptanalysis). In historical settings we will encounter the main ideas and methods devised to secure communication channels. The course counts as a Scientific Inquiry elective.
Attendance: 5%, Homework: 35%, Midterm: 30%, Final Exam: 30%
LSP 120 or MAT 130 or CSC 241 or CSC 243
Substitution and transposition ciphers (Mary, Queen of Scots, Arab Cryptography, Vigenere cipher, Charles Babbage and the Playfair cipher)
Cracking the Enigma and the Mechanization of Cryptology
Public Key Cryptography and Security protocols
CSC 233 is approved for credit in the Scientific Inquiry Domain as an Elective
Courses in the Scientific Inquiry Domain are designed to provide students with an opportunity
to learn the methods of modern science and its impact in understanding the world around us.
Courses in this domain are designed to help students develop a more complete perspective about science
and the scientific process, including:
- Apply appropriate concepts, tools, and techniques of scientific inquiry.
- Describe how natural scientific, mathematical, and/or computational
methodologies function as mechanisms for inquiry.
- Explain the interaction between the content of their SI-Elective course
and other scientific disciplines or the broader society.
This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.
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content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The
evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely
separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation.
Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.
This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at http://academicintegrity.depaul.edu/ If you
have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.
All students are expected to abide by the University's Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits cheating and other misconduct in student coursework. Publicly sharing or posting online any prior or current materials from this course (including exam questions or answers), is considered to be providing unauthorized assistance prohibited by the policy. Both students who share/post and students who access or use such materials are considered to be cheating under the Policy and will be subject to sanctions for violations of Academic Integrity.
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Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that
you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002