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Massachusetts Institute of Technology 6 857 Network and Computer Security Professor Ronald L Rivest Handout 1 September 4 2003 Course Information Lecturer Professor Ronald L Rivest NE43 324 253 5880 rivest mit edu Office Hours by appointment Teaching Assistants Chris Peikert NE43 313 253 7843 cpeikert mit edu Office Hours Wednesday 3 5pm Simson Garfinkel NE43 536 253 6023 simsong lcs mit edu Office Hours Wednesday 12 15 2pm in room 38 644 Secretary Be Blackburn NE43 322 253 6098 be theory lcs mit edu Staff Email 6 857 staff mit edu 1 Prerequisites The prerequisites for the course are 6 033 Computer System Engineering and 6 042J Mathematics for Computer Science It is recommended that students have had 6 046J Introduction to Algorithms and experience with modular arithmetic 2 Units This is a 12 unit 3 0 9 U level course intended primarily for seniors and first year graduate students Graduate students will not receive H credit for this class 3 Lectures Lectures will be held in Room 6 120 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 30 to 4 00 P M A schedule of topics will be posted on the Web page Unlike previous years we will not provide lecture notes except for a few lectures covering bleeding edge material Notes from previous years are on the class Web page and in the Barker Engineering Library 4 The class online The course site page is at http theory lcs mit edu classes 6 857 This page links to an online registration form You must register for the course by completing this form by Friday September 5 There is a mailing list 6 857 students public mit edu which will be used to send out last minute announcements You are welcome to send email to this list when you find relevant material useful to the rest of the class We will use the Web page to make handouts and notes available online 2 5 6 857 Handout 1 Course Information Handouts Handouts will be available at the beginning of lecture or from the class file cabinet outside room NE43 311 If you take the last copy of a handout please inform the course secretary so that more copies can be made Handouts will be made available online when possible through the Web page 6 Textbook For the first time this course has a required textbook Cryptography An Introduction by Nigel Smart It will be available at Quantum Books on Monday September 8 Please note that the textbook is intended to be a supplement to the cryptography portion of the course it does not offer comprehensive treatment of all the topics we will cover 7 Homework We will distribute six problem sets on approximately a weekly basis They will generally be handed out on Thursday and be due on the following Thursday Late homework will not be accepted If in doubt turn your problem set in early at the course secretary s office Solutions will be distributed with corrected homework hopefully within a week of being collected There will be both individual and group homework assignments You are to work on group problem sets and final projects in groups of three or four preferably three One problem set will be turned in by each group and one grade will be given for each problem set You must work in groups homeworks turned in by individuals pairs pentuples etc will not be accepted Be sure that you understand and approve the solutions turned in to each problem Get your group organized as soon as you can and email the composition of your group to the teaching staff If you have trouble finding a group contact the staff To prevent your group from falling apart make sure everyone participates and that you all communicate on a regular basis If you have a problem with a groupmate talk to him her first If you are unable to make a compromise or your group does fall apart talk to the staff We may occasionally assign homework that you must answer individually see Section 11 for the policy governing these assignments In lectures presenting very new material we may ask for volunteers to scribe the lecture notes A group which scribes a lecture will have its lowest problem set grade replaced with the grade awarded to the scribe notes So make sure your scribe grade is not your lowest grade 8 Final project Students will be responsible for a final project You must work in a group of three or four people The nature and the topic of the project is your choice although it needs the approval of the teaching staff We will maintain a Web page of potential project topics and provide sample proposals later in the year We will generally approve interesting topics about network and or computer security A one or two page written proposal for the project with an initial bibliography is due no later than in class on October 23 It is advisable to get going early we will gladly accept proposals before the deadline This assignment gives us a chance to review and approve your project proposal and to suggest references that you may have overlooked The last three classes December 2 4 and 9 will be devoted to short presentations of each term project Prior to presenting your work in class you will be asked to give a practice presentation to the course staff Your written report is due in class on December 9 6 857 Handout 1 Course Information 9 3 Tests We will have two in class quizzes October 9 and November 25 and one take home midterm distributed October 23 due October 30 There is no final exam Quizzes will test your knowledge of material from lectures problem sets and readings The midterm will contain open ended questions to test your application of course material to solve complex problems 10 Grading Grades are 35 for the problem sets 10 for quizzes 25 for the midterm and 30 for the final project 11 Collaboration and plagiarism No collaboration is permitted on the take home midterm or the in class quizzes All tests are open book and open notes You may not discuss midterm material online with your GRT with your mother etc It s a completely individual assignment We encourage you however to prepare for quizzes by discussing course material with your classmates You may collaborate with individuals from other groups in problem sets but your solutions must be written up only by individuals from your group For individual homework assignments you may discuss the problem set material with others You must however write up your solutions independently If you do collaborate acknowledge your collaborators in the write up for each problem If you obtain a solution with help e g through library work or a friend acknowledge your source and write up the

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