CMP4322 Advanced Cryptology and NetworksBahçeşehir UniversityDegree Programs ENERGY SYSTEMS ENGINEERINGGeneral Information For StudentsDiploma SupplementErasmus Policy StatementNational QualificationsBologna Commission
Bachelor TR-NQF-HE: Level 6 QF-EHEA: First Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 6

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
CMP4322 Advanced Cryptology and Networks Spring 3 0 3 6
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: English
Type of course: Non-Departmental Elective
Course Level: Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : MEHMET ŞÜKRÜ KURAN
Recommended Optional Program Components: None
Course Objectives: This course aims at equipping students with a deeper understanding of cryptography. It starts by introducing the underlying theory of Galois fields, and targets basic topics of significant practical importance as well as advanced topics of theoretical importance. In the first part of the course, a detailed analysis of standard cryptographic algorithms is made and efficient implementation ideas are discussed, focusing on public key schemes such as RSA, ElGamal and Diffie-Hellman, as well as elliptic curve cryptography and homomorphic encryption. In the second part, application of these algorithms to advanced protocols, such as for authentication, identification, key distribution, zero-knowledge and computationally-private information retrieval, is discussed. In the last part of the course, advanced mathematical algorithms, such as brute-force, baby-step giant-step and the Pohlig-Hellman, for attacking some of the covered cryptographic schemes are discussed.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;
I. Gain knowledge on Popular symmetric and public key cryptographic algorithms,
II. Gain knowledge on Efficient implementation of cryptographic algorithms,
III. Gain knowledge on different attacks against cryptographic algorithms.

Course Content

Overview of Cryptography and Network Security. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), RSA and Elliptic Curve Cryptography. Hash Functions. Efficient Implementation Techniques for cryptographic algorithms. Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange and Meet-in-the Middle Attack. Pohlig-Hellman, Pollard’s Rho and side-channel attacks. Attacks against hash functions.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Overview of Cryptography and Network Security.
2) Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).
3) RSA algorithm.
4) Elliptic curve cryptography.
5) Hash functions.
6) Efficient implementation techniques.
7) Efficient implementation techniques.
8) Efficient implementation techniques.
9) Midterm exam.
10) Diffie-Hellman Key Exchange and Meet-in-the Middle Attack
11) Pohlig Hellman Attack.
12) Pollard’s Rho Attack.
13) Side-Channel Attacks.
14) Attacks Against Hash Functions.


Course Notes / Textbooks: Understanding Cryptography, Christof Paar and Jan Pelzl, Springer 2010.

Handbook of Applied Cryptography, Alfred Menezes, Paul C. Van Oorschot and Scott A. Vanstone, CRC Press 1997.

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 14 % 10
Project 1 % 10
Midterms 1 % 40
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 14 3 42
Study Hours Out of Class 15 4 60
Project 1 21 21
Midterms 1 2 2
Final 1 2 2
Total Workload 127

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Build up a body of knowledge in mathematics, science and Energy Systems Engineering subjects; use theoretical and applied information in these areas to model and solve complex engineering problems.
2) Ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex Energy Systems Engineering problems; select and apply proper modeling and analysis methods for this purpose.
3) Ability to design complex Energy systems, processes, devices or products under realistic constraints and conditions, in such a way as to meet the desired result; apply modern design methods for this purpose.
4) Ability to devise, select, and use modern techniques and tools needed for solving complex problems in Energy Systems Engineering practice; employ information technologies effectively.
5) Ability to design and conduct numerical or pysical experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret results for investigating the complex problems specific to Energy Systems Engineering.
6) Ability to cooperate efficiently in intra-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary teams; and show self-reliance when working on Energy Systems-related problems
7) Ability to communicate effectively in English and Turkish (if he/she is a Turkish citizen), both orally and in writing. Write and understand reports, prepare design and production reports, deliver effective presentations, give and receive clear and understandable instructions.
8) Recognize the need for life-long learning; show ability to access information, to follow developments in science and technology, and to continuously educate oneself.
9) Develop an awareness of professional and ethical responsibility, and behave accordingly. Be informed about the standards used in Energy Systems Engineering applications.
10) Learn about business life practices such as project management, risk management, and change management; develop an awareness of entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development.
11) Acquire knowledge about the effects of practices of Energys Systems Engineering on health, environment, security in universal and social scope, and the contemporary problems of Energys Systems engineering; is aware of the legal consequences of Energys Systems engineering solutions.