Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-IPC021
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Informatica en Informatiekunde;
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prof. dr. J.J.C. Daemen
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prof. dr. B.P.F. Jacobs
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. B.P.F. Jacobs
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prof. dr. B.P.F. Jacobs
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dr. ir. B.J.M. Mennink
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Academic year2017
KW1-KW2  (04/09/2017 to 04/02/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of this course:
  1. You are able to recognise -- in society in general and within a job environment in particular -- situations in which information security plays a role.
  2. You are able to recognise relevant security goals in such situations (confidentiality, integrity, availability, authenticity, non-repudiation, accountability).
  3. You can (on a global level) describe basic techniques to achieve these security goals, evaluate existing solutions, and propose new solutions in practical situations.
  4. You recognise the social and organisational implications of security technologies (especially privacy), and you can take these aspects into account in your analysis of practical situations.

Security is widely recognized as being of great importance in all areas of information technology: networks, operating systems, databases etc. Security is about regulating access to assets. Crucial questions are: Who are you? and: Should you be doing that? Authentication (of people and computers) and access control are basic aspects of computer security. Cryptography provides a mathematical toolset for realising key security goals, via appropriate protocols.

This bachelor lecture introduces the basics of computer security. It is the first semester course for the computer science curriculum, but the course is can be followed by students from other disciplines (artifical intelligence, mathematics, physics, economics, psychology etc) as well, when they have some basic knowledge and interest in computer science.

The slides used in the lectures form the basis of the course.Further material will be provided via the course's webpage.

Teaching formats
• 32 hours lecture
• 32 hours problem session
• 104 hours individual study period

Extra information teaching methods: The course consists of weekly lectures and exercises. The exercises are compulsory, and make up half of your final mark. Exercises may be done in pairs. Your solution has to be handed in on paper before the deadline, at in the mailbox of your exercise course teacher on the 2nd floor of the Huygens building. Exercises not handed in in time will be graded 1; submission by e-mail or Blackboard is not accepted. Copying or stealing work from others or from the Web will result in all involved parties failing the course and notification of the exam committee, so make sure we don't discover anything if you copy yourself, and secure your own work against copying by others.

Additional comments
The lectures for the course will be in Dutch, but the course material and the exercises course will be in English.

• Elementary cryptography
• Symmetric key encryption
• Public key encryption
• Digital signatures
• Management of public keys
• Communication security
• Authentication protocols
• E-mail security
• Web security
• Social issues

Test information
Weekly exercises + written exam.

Basic knowledge of computer science and mathematics (esp. algebra).

Recommended materials
The slides used in the lectures form the basis of the course. Further material will be provided via the course's webpage.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock KW2, Block KW4