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How do you communicate secret information secretly? In this
course, we will explore various methods for making and breaking secret
codes, the mathematics that makes the codes possible, and the ethical
issues involved with secrecy and privacy.
Webpage: The best source of information about this course is www.gac.edu/~kaiser/fts-crypto. There you will find a complete syllabus, course description, current writing assignments, and so on.
Classes: Classes will be used for lectures, problem solving, discussions, and other fun activities. You should prepare for classes by doing the reading beforehand (reading assignments are posted on the Web), thinking about the problems in the text, and formulating questions of your own. You should also participate as much as possible in class.
Attendance, both physical and mental, is required.
Should you need to miss a class for any reason, you are still responsible for the material covered in that class. This means that you will need to make sure that you understand the reading for that day, that you should ask a friend to help you make sure that you understand what was discovered and discussed that day. If there is an assignment due that day, you should be sure to have a friend hand it in or put it in my departmental mailbox (in Olin 324). You do not need to tell me why you missed a class unless there is a compelling reason for me to know.
We will have a variety of written assignments, which will
be listed in the reading and class schedule
on the web. Note that
this page is updated weekly. Roughly half of these assignments will be
problems from Barr's text. These should be
typed or neatly handwritten; guidelines for this kind of
assignment can be found at the homework
Homework of this kind must be turned in on the day it's due.
However, occasionally students have problems turning in assignments
on time because of poor planning, sickness, or personal
emergencies. Students may turn in up to two late assignments with
no penalty. After that, late assignments will be heavily
penalized. No late assignments will be accepted once graded ones
have been handed back.
We will also have several formal and informal writing assignments to
help you develop your writing skills. Informal writing
assignments will usually be short, with an emphasis on expressing
yourself clearly. The goal of informal writing assignments is to
help you clarify your thinking by writing about various
ideas and questions. Formal writing assignments will vary in size
from just a few paragraphs to several pages . Formal assignments
will have at least one draft/revise/edit cycle.
Project: At the
end of the semester we will consider four questions relating to
cryptography, privacy and security. In order to do this, each
student will read a book related to one of the questions and do
research to help formulate answers to that question.
Additionally, students will work in small groups to present their
work to the class (in both written and oral form) and to lead
discussion on their topic.
Honor: In this course, you are expected to to adhere to
the highest standards of academic honesty, to uphold the Gustavus
Honor Code and to abide by the Academic
Copies of the honor code and academic honesty policy can be found in
and in the Gustie
On homework, you should make a real effort to solve each
by yourself, although you can and should discuss problems
solutions with your classmates after
you've made this effort. You should give credit to any people or
helped you find solutions. On tests, you are expected to
work completely by yourself.
You will be expected to sign the honor pledge on every graded paper
Please contact me during the first
week of class if you have specific
physical, psychiatric, or learning disabilities and require
accommodations. I will do my best to facilitate the necessary
arrangements. All discussions will remain confidential. You can
provide documentation of your disability to the
Advising Center (204 Johnson Student Union) or call Laurie Bickett