Cryptography and its application

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School of Computing and digital Media

Risk, Crisis and Security Management

Coursework Assessment (SEM1 2021-22)

Specification of the TECHNICAL REPORT

  • Individual work
  • Weighting: 50%
  • Time and date due: your coursework must be submitted to the module WebLearn no later than 15:00 on Friday Week 11 (10th December 2021).

Submission format: One Microsoft Word file + a mp4 video presentation file. It should not be attached with any security features, such as password protection, etc. The filename of your report should be: “report + your student ID number”. For example, if your student ID number is “1234567”, the filename of the report will be “report1234567”. The video presentation should be:

  • between 5 and 10 minutes;  
  • The presentation should use PowerPoint slides. Your names and ID numbers must be indicated on the first slide.
  • The contents of your presentation must be related to your own coursework report.

This technical report should be based on your research on you choose topic or area and the culmination of good literature search work carried out through using a good mix of sources: journals, industry white papers, research outputs of organisations (European Commission, Mitre Corporation, Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Research Institute, EPSRC etc.), web resources that have provenance, and textbooks.

It should present the appropriate background as introduction in the topic area of interest. It should focus on your research contents and present the essential methods / theories, some facts / some experiment method and results / suitable examples, appropriate analysis / discussion / arguments / evidence, etc. The report should also provide an abstract section at the beginning and conclusion at the end. A list of resources referenced should be produced in the Harvard or IEEE reference format. This technical report should be about 1500 words in length (excluding title, abstract, contents page, references, Acknowledgements and Appendices).

The report should be based on one of the topics/areas listed below: 

  • Access control
  • Firewall
  • Intrusion detection and prevention systems and related technologies
  • Cryptography and its application
  • Digital signatures and its application

The structure of your technical report should contain the following:

Items

Briefly express

Title page/Face page

Must include the title of the report, reports for assessment, your name and ID number.

Abstract

A summary of the whole report including important features, results and conclusions.

Contents

Numbers and lists all section and subsection headings with page numbers.

Introduction

States the objectives of the report and comments on the way the topic of the report is to be treated. Leads straight into the report itself. Must not be a copy of the introduction in a lab handout.

(Good Introduction, covering the questions raised in the project topic. Interesting and comprehensive background and state of the art, demonstrating background reading/ research.)

The sections which make up the body of the report

Divided into numbered and headed sections. These sections separate the different main ideas in a logical order (e.g. essential methods / theorised, some facts / some experiment method and results / suitable examples, appropriate analysis / discussion / arguments).

Conclusions

A conclusion should summarize and analyze what has been learned in order to synthesize and address answers to the questions asked in the introduction. Should also discuss any limitations to the report and possibly suggest further work.

What you have learned from the coursework, etc.

References

Details of published sources of material referred to or quoted in the text (including any lecture notes and URL addresses of any websites used.

Acknowledgements

List of people who helped you research or prepare the report, including your proofreaders.

Appendices (if appropriate)

Any further material which is essential to full understanding of your report (e.g. large scale diagrams, computer code, raw data, specifications) but not required by a casual reader.

Marking scheme

Items

Weighting

 

Abstract-- Marks awarded according to:

Quality of abstract.

10%

 

Introduction -- Marks awarded according to:

States the objectives of the report or the questions raised in the project topic. Interesting and comprehensive background and state of the art, demonstrating background reading/ research.

10%

 

Body of the report --- Marks awarded according to:

Express logically and clearly on essential methods / theories, suitable examples, appropriate analysis / discussion / arguments. demonstrate your understanding in the topic.

 

35%

 

Conclusions ---- Marks awarded according to:

Quality of summarising and analyze what has been learned in order to synthesize and address answers (or objectives) to the questions asked in the introduction.

 

10%

 

References --- Marks awarded according to

Details of published sources of material referred to or quoted in the text (including any lecture notes and URL addresses of any websites used and appropriate citations.

10%

 

Report format --- Marks awarded according to:

Quality of communication/expression, overall structure – organisation of material and quality of documentation and appropriate citations. The report should have a face page, abstract, introduction, conclusions, references, contents page and page number. It should use suitable size of page/font size etc.

10 %

 

Video presentation: --- Marks awarded according to:

Presentation slides, video presentation quality, time control (less than 10 mins), technical contents, etc.

15 %

 

Total

100 %

 


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