Course details


KRY Acad. year 2022/2023 Summer semester 5 credits

Current academic year

Introduction to cryptography, basic cryptographic algorithms, secret key encryption, public key encryption. Data transmission security.


Course coordinator

Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

  • 39 hrs lectures
  • 13 hrs projects

Assessment points

  • 70 pts final exam (written part)
  • 15 pts mid-term test (written part)
  • 15 pts projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will learn basic principles of applied cryptography, including classical cryptography and modern secret key and public key cryptography.
Students will learn the role of security and functionality in information systems.

Learning objectives

The goal is to make students familiar with the basic concepts applied cryptography, including classical cryptography and modern secret key and public key cryptography.

Why is the course taught

This course is essential to all engineers working in the areas of computer engineering. Students will learn basic principles of information systems security and cryptography. 

Study literature

  • Hanáček, P., Staudek, J.: Bezpečnost informačních systémů, ÚSIS, Praha, 2000, s. 127, ISBN80-238-5400-3
  • Savard, J. J. G.: A Cryptographic Compendium, 2000, available on WWW
  • Nechvatal, J.: PUBLIC-KEY CRYPTOGRAPHY, NIST Special Publication 800-2, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, 1991, available on WWW
  • Menezes, Van Oorschot, Vanstone: Handbook of Applied Cryptography, CRC Press Series on Discrete Mathematics and Its Applications, Hardcover, 816 pages, CRC Press, 1997, available on WWW
  • Stallings, W.: Cryptography and Network Security, Pearson India, 2018, ISBN 9789332585225

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Classical cryptography.
  2. Modern cryptography, symmetric and asymmetric ciphers.
  3. Symmetric ciphers. Key length, brute force attack.
  4. Examples of symmetric ciphers. Feistel, DES, modes of operation.
  5. Typical application of symmetric cryptography.
  6. Asymmetric cryptography.
  7. Electronic signature.
  8. Examples of asymmetric ciphers, RSA.
  9. DSS, function, attacks, optimization.
  10. ElGamal, keyed hash, MAC.
  11. Asymmetric cryptography application examples.
  12. Key management for symmetric cryptography.
  13. Key management for asymmetric cryptography, certificates, X.509.

Progress assessment

A mid-term exam evaluation and an evaluation of projects.

Controlled instruction

A written mid-term test, a regular evaluation of projects. The test does not have correction option, the final exam has two possible correction terms.

Exam prerequisites

To obtain at least one point in each project.

Course inclusion in study plans

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