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Welcome to the first week in An Introduction to Cryptography.

During this course, you will discover the long history of encrypting and hiding information and how it has always been a battle between people who want to keep a secret and those who want to steal it.

This short course is the introductory two-week course for the Program Cryptography which forms part of the MSc Cyber Security online degree at Coventry University delivered on FutureLearn.

This program is made up of 10 weeks of study (five two-week short courses), taught on FutureLearn, followed by an additional period to submit your assessment (details of which can be found on the Assessment tab of the program page). In addition to the courses in FutureLearn, the program page gives you access to live tutorials, student support sessions and further study resources and services.

This week

Through this week’s activities you will:

  • Explain the concepts used in early substitution and translation ciphers
  • Apply cryptanalysis methods to simple ciphers
  • Assess simple cryptographic methods from a theoretical and practical viewpoint

Meet the team

Your Lead Educators are James Shuttleworth, Principal Lecturer at Coventry University, and Derrick Newton, Lecturer in Computer Science at Coventry University.

Your associate lecturer throughout this program is Antal Goldschmidt.

You can follow your lead educators and associate lecturer by selecting the links to their FutureLearn profile pages and selecting ‘Follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.

Your task

In the comments section below, introduce yourself to the rest of your group and tell us what are you most looking forward to in this course?

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This article is from the free online course:

An Introduction to Cryptography

Coventry University