Math 3159B/9145B: Introduction to Cryptography

Winter 2017

General information


The text will be:

The entire book is available for free download in pdf format from Western library. Students are also welcome to consult:

Course content

The topics will include:


The final grade will be calculated as follows:

Final Exam


Homework will be assigned weekly on Thursdays and will consist of six problems selected from the relevant sections of the text.

Homework assigned on Thursday is due on Tuesday 9:30 AM of the following week.

Medical accommodations

If you are unable to meet a course requirement due to illness or other serious circumstances, you must provide valid medical or other supporting documentation to the Dean's Office as soon as possible and contact the instructor immediately. It is your responsibility to make alternative arrangements with the instructor once the accommodation has been approved. In the event of a missed final exam, a "Recommendation of Special Examination" form must be obtained from the Dean's Office.

As possible arrangement, a homework grade could be dropped. There will be no make-up homework.

For further information, please consult:

Academic integrity

Working on homework with your peers is allowed and, in fact, encouraged. However, students must write their solutions independently. Handing in solutions suspiciously similar to those of other students, online sources or textbooks will be considered cheating and handled accordingly. Solutions must give credit to people and sources that have helped.

Scholastic offences are taken seriously and will not be tolerated. For more information, please consult the University policy on scholastic discipline


Please consult Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) regarding accessibility services on campus. Please contact the instructor if you require materials in an alternate format or other accommodations to make this course more accessible to you.


Unless you have either the requisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites.

Updated by Chris Kapulkin, March 30th, 2017.