Practical Cryptography

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  • Course Code: CYBR9003
  • Course Level: 9
  • Course Field: Software Security
  • Duration: 12 Weeks
  • Qualification: Micro-credential
  • Start Date: January 2022
  • Course Location: Online
  • Course Credit: 5
  • Course Contact: Dr. Hazel Murray (MTU)
  • Fees: €625

Practical Cryptography

Cryptography is an essential part of building secure and robust information systems and applications. In this module students will gain a hands-on understanding of practical cryptographic applications and their correct implementations in information systems. This will include an understanding of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography and hash functions.

Lecturer: Dr. Hazel Murray

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Important Information

  • Entry Requirements

    Applicants are required to hold at the time of enrolment a level 8 qualification in Computer Science or cognate discipline (e.g., Information Technology (IT), Business Information Technology (BIT), Business Information Systems (BIS), Information Technology Management (ITM)). 

  • Learning Outcomes

    LO1 Critically evaluate a range of real-world cryptographic algorithms with respect to their security and efficiency. 

    LO2 Appraise the application of cryptographic algorithms as solutions in real-world systems. 

    LO3 Design and deploy cryptography as an imbedded feature in information communication and access procedures. 

    LO4 Assess the pitfalls and limitations in security software and develop an ability to use available documentation and best practice guidelines to overcome these barriers. 

    LO5 Communicate cryptographic analysis and design outcomes to a wider audience of peers through presentation to a professional standard. 


  • Prior Knowledge

    No prior knowledge needed

  • Time & Effort Required
    • 2 hours p/week lectures 
    • 2 hours p/week lab 
    • 3 hours p/week independent learning
  • Timetable

    Tuesdays 8-10pm

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