Introduction

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 (five short courses that are two-weeks each), 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 Educator is James Shuttleworth, Principal Lecturer at Coventry University. Derrick Newton has also been involved in the development of this program.

You can follow your Lead Educator by selecting the link to their FutureLearn profile page and selecting ‘Follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that they make.

Checking your progress

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, click the ‘Mark as complete’ button. This will update your progress page and will help you to keep track of which steps you’ve done. Any steps you’ve completed will turn blue on your ‘To do’ list.

To check what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete, click on the Progress tab at the top of the page.

Comments

At FutureLearn we believe in the power of learning through conversation, and we have developed our learning platform to enable this. Instead of having separate forums or discussion boards, you can leave comments, share your thoughts and have a conversation on almost every step of a course. You can ‘Like’ comments made by other learners, you can filter comments in a variety of ways including ‘Most liked’ and you can ‘Bookmark’ comments too. As well as following your lead educators, you can also follow other learners on the course.

To see all the recent comments on the course, just select the Activity icon. If you’re following someone, you can filter this list to show only the comments of people you’re following or those comments that you’ve bookmarked.

To get the very best learning experience from FutureLearn, take a look at these tips and tools for social learning. Don’t forget, whilst robust debate is encouraged, it’s important that you follow the FutureLearn Code of conduct and are respectful of your fellow learners.

The Coventry Way

Coventry University believes that a good student experience is central to learning at a world class standard. To reflect our success we were recently awarded the title of University of the Year by Times Higher Education and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

We aim to produce learning that is both innovative and cutting edge with a supportive environment to ensure student success.

For that reason we have created these courses that offer students a chance to learn in a flexible manner. Through online delivery we offer an engaging and dynamic experience.

We have teamed up with FutureLearn to offer students world-class courses with all the rigour and support offered in our face-to-face courses but with the ability to study in a manner best suited to your needs.

Getting started

Over the next two weeks you will be working closely with your colleagues on the course, so take this chance to introduce yourself to both your educators and your colleagues. If you wish, you may share what has brought you to take part in the course through Coventry University.

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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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An Introduction to Cryptography

Coventry University