SIT281 - Cryptography


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Prerequisite: SIT192


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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

3 x 1 hour class per week, 1 x 1 hour practical per week.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

1 x 1 hour scheduled online workshop per week.


In SIT281 students will learn the fundamental mechanisms of classic and modern cryptographic systems, which span from Caesar cipher of Roman times to Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) cipher invented in the early 21st century. Students will encrypt and decrypt messages by using modern symmetric encryption schemes including DES and AES, stream ciphers used in mobile phone networks and pay TVs, as well as the most well-known public key cipher RSA. The unit will also provide students the opportunity to explore the cryptographic applications.

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