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California State University Stanislaus

CS 4840: Computer Security and Cryptography

Fall 2017

9:30 - 10:45 pm, Tu Th, Science 137, Dr. Megan Thomas

Syllabus Sections

Contacting Dr. Thomas

Email mthomas@cs.csustan.edu  Put "CS4840" in the subject line of the email.

Textbooks (required reading, but optional purchase)

CS 4840 will use two books, but both are available via our CSU Stanislaus Library's Safari Tech Books On-Line collection. On campus, you can read them on Safari On-Line. From home, you will need to find the book in the Library on-line catalog and, when prompted, enter your student log-in information to read the books.

The textbooks this class will use are:

Student Requirements and Responsibilities

Your primary responsibility is to be an active, engaged, prepared participant in the course. There will be quite a bit of reading which will require your consistent attention. Learning and understanding are active, not passive processes. You will have to take responsibility for your own learning, and you will be expected to contribute to other's learning also. Part of your learning will involve expressing yourself, in writing and verbally.

Other specific requirements:


The final grade weighting of student work is estimated in the table below.  The final weights should be close to those in the table, but circumstances may arise during the semester that force reweighting.  (For example, if one of the exams proves unusually difficult, the instructor may reduce the weight of that exam and weight the other exam higher.)

CR/NC grading may be requested only by filing a form in MSR by the appropriate deadline. See the Enrollment Services web page for more information about deadlines.

Midterms and Final Exam 45%
Homeworks and Programming Assignments 50%
Class participation, pop quizzes, extra credit, etc 5%

A plus and minus grading scale will be used for final grades.

Academic Honesty

The work you do for this course will be your own. You are not to submit other people's work and represent it as your own.

Students who violate this policy will receive no credit on the assignment, may receive an "F" in the course (at the instructor's discretion), and a report will be sent to the university Office of Judicial Affairs.

UCDavis has put an excellent guide to "ok" and "not ok" collaboration on homework assignments on-line. I recommend reading it.

Late Days

Each student gets an automatic extension of 4 calendar days. You can use the extension on any programming or homework assignment(s) remaining during the semester (in increments that are rounded up to the nearest integer). For instance, you can hand in one assignment 4 days late, or each of four assignments 1 day late. When you hand in a late assignment, you must identify in the README file the following: (i) how late this assignment is, and (ii) how much of the total slip time you have left. No assignment will be accepted more then 4 days late. After you have used up your slip time, any assignment handed in late will be marked off 25% per day. There will be no extensions granted.