TTM4135 - Applied Cryptography and Network Security


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Written exam 60/100 3 hours D
Portfolio 40/100

Course content

Cryptography; symmetric and public-key, cryptographic protocols, key distribution, authentication, digital signatures. Network security; access control, services and mechanisms for authentication, network security protocols, application layer security.

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge: To get a basic understanding of principles and practice of cryptography and network security by gaining knowledge in four broad categories: 1) cryptographic algorithms; 2) techniques and algorithms for key management, key distribution and user authentication; 3) use of cryptographic algorithms in network protocols and network applications. 4) techniques for securing computers against intruders and malicious software. B. Skills: 1) To be able to evaluate security of systems with respect to appropriate use of security services and mechanisms; 2) To be able to design basic security architectures through selection and integration of relevant security components.

The learning outcomes for this course are related to securing data communicated between endpoints which can represent people, commercial companies and government organisations. Securing data against malicious adversaries is an integral part of maintaining integrity and privacy, which relate strongly to UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions). Security of data is also an essential part of building resilient infrastructure, included in SDG 9, and in making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11).

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, practical work and exercises.

Further on evaluation

Two assessments provide the basis for the final grade in the course, a portfolio and a written final exam that count for 40 and 60% of the final grade, respectively. Both parts must be passed in order to pass the course. The results for each of the parts are given with a letter grade. The portfolio includes practical work and online quizzes. The written exam is given only in English. If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral exam. If a student also after the re-sit exam has the final grade F/failed, the student must repeat the entire course. Also in the case a student wants to try to improve their grade, they must repeat both assessments.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIE5040 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Safety and Reliability
  • Telematics
  • Information Security
  • Communication Technology
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Written exam 60/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Portfolio 40/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Written exam 60/100 D PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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