CIS-4930: Introduction to Cryptography (Spring 2005)

Breno de Medeiros (
Class time/location
TUE/THU 3:35 - 4:50pm, 217 Hoffman Teaching Lab (HTL)
Office, Office Hours
MON 2:00 - 3:30pm, WED 3:30 - 5:00pm
105-D James Love Bldg (LOV)
the first name of instructor, at,
(850) 645-2356
Course Web page

Important Notices


Cryptography and Network Security, William Stallings, 3rd Edition. 
Note: Only part 1 and part 2 of the book will be covered (the cryptography half). 


Exam Dates

Note:  Each exam (except for the final exam) is worth 15% of the total grade for this course.  The final exam is worth 20% of your grade.

Quiz Dates

Note:  Each quiz is worth 5% of your grade.
Quiz 4 announcement: Students who participated in the lab activities are excused from the fourth quiz. Students who have not participated in the lab activities should return the problems assigned during the week of 03/15 on 03/29. These assignments will be graded as your fourth quiz.


Your grade has several components:
Letter grades will be based on numerical grades as follows: Plus/Minus letter grades will be assigned at the discretion of the instructor.

Term paper option


The lecture slides will be posted here. You may print them and bring them to class and use the margins to keep class notes.

Reading Assignments


I expect students to arrive on-time for the class.  Students arriving late for exams will not be allowed extra time to complete their work. 

There will be no make-up midterm exams.  If you cannot take the midterm exam because of a documented, legitimate condition, the final exam will be substituted for the mid-term grade (and therefore will count for 35% of your grade). 

For those students that chose the term paper option, there is no deadline extension for the term paper.  If you miss the deadline to submit your term paper, the final exam will be worth 20% of your grade.

An example of adequate documentation of a medical reason for missing an exam is a discharge notice from the Student Health Center.

All students registered in this course (and all courses throughout the University) are bound by the Academic Honor Code.  Plagiarism (use of somebody else's work without proper acknowledgment) will not be tolerated.

Honor Code

The Academic Honor System at The Florida State University is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility:

  1. To uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student's own work;
  2. To refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and;
  3. To foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community.
A copy of the University Academic Honor Code can be found in the current Student Handbook.

Disabilities Act

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC), and bring a letter from the SDRC to the instructor indicating their needs.This should be done within the first week of class.

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