|FSEM 092||Code Making and Code Breaking||Fall 2009|
|Assignments and Evaluation||
Readings: It is your responsibility to acquire basic foundational knowledge about cryptography by doing the assigned readings. (This sounds rather dry, but there are many fascinating stories and I hope that you will enjoy the readings.) A reading journal will help you consider the readings and prepare for the papers that you will be writing.
Early Assignments: The assignments in the first part of the course will help you develop logical thinking skills, deepen your understanding of particular ciphers and cryptanalytic techniques, and prepare for the first paper. Code-breaking assignments will give you a chance to try out the cryptanalysis techniques discussed in class. You'll also build a paper model of an Enigma machine to see how it works.
Papers: You will write three major papers during the course: one where you create and analyze your own challenging cipher, another where you research and write about the details of a cipher or cryptographic technique for a non-technical audience, and a third where you argue a position on social or ethical issue pertaining to cryptology. These papers will emphasize the process of revision, and will give you practice with different types of writing.
Class Participation: Learning is not a spectator sport, and both your learning and that of your peers is enhanced when you actively participate in class. Class participation is expected; a rubric outlining exactly what is expected is given below.
Final Grades: Final grades will be computed as follows:
Midterm Grades: I will let you know your current grade about halfway through the semester, but you are also welcome to ask me about your grade at any point if you want to know how you are doing or have a concern about your performance.
You are expected to be courteous and respectful in class. This includes listening when others are speaking and respecting the ideas and contributions of others, even if you disagree with them. Juvenile behaviors such as whispering with your friends, passing notes, making fun of others, etc. are rude, disruptive, and inappropriate.
Cell Phones: If you must bring a cell phone to class, make sure it is turned off. (Setting it on vibrate is not sufficient, as that often generates an audible noise when the phone rings.) Checking messages, texting, etc. during class is not acceptable.
Laptops: You do not need to bring a laptop computer to class. If you do bring one, it should be used only to support class activities - not checking email, instant messaging, working on other assignments, etc.
|Class Participation Rubric||
Class participation includes being engaged in the classroom, displaying appropriate classroom etiquette, and being prepared for class by doing the assigned readings. (You will have a hard time participating fully in class if you are not prepared.) Class participation will be evaluated as follows:
"√" is what is generally expected; an "A" requires going beyond that on a regular basis (but not necessarily every day). "x" indicates disruptive behavior which should never occur.
Class participation will be noted each day. In accordance with the attendance policy (which states that you are allowed two absences without penalty), the two lowest scores - excluding "x" - will be dropped before grades are assigned. Approximate letter grade equivalents: