CS 7000 - Cryptography - Fall 2015

Course Information Sheet

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What's This Course About??

We are going to learn about Modern Cryptography. We may spend a little bit of time on classical crypto, but not much. Our goal is to get to the research front as quickly as possible while still covering the main pieces of background you will need in order to absorb the material.


TR 9:30am-10:45am



There will be occasional homework assignments accounting for 60% of your grade. Class participation will account for 10%. And the remaining 30% will be based on a project. There will be no quizzes or exams.


This is a hard course to outline the prerequisites for. The best background you could have is the ability to think carefully and precisely in a mathematical context. Have some "mathematical maturity" would be greatly helpful. Knowing how to write a proof and how to understand a proof is essential.

Beyond this, having some knowledge about probability theory is useful, as is information theory, modern algebra, complexity theory, algorithms, linear algebra, and other items, but I will try and assume a minimum of this kind of material.


No Textbook. We will use several on-line resources as we progress through the class. You may choose to print these out if you work better that way.

Course Web page

We will maintain useful information on the course web page: http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~jrblack/class/csci7000a/f15

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