Foun­da­ti­ons of Cryp­to­gra­phy


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Dates and ti­mes


  • Thursdays, 8:15-10:45 in F0.530


  • Thursdays, 11:15-12:45 in F0.530. Content from lecture on the same day.
  • Tuesdays, 16:15-17:45 in F2.211. Content from lecture on previous Thursday.

The first lecture will be on April 11, the first tutorial will be on April 11, too. 
The content of the Thursday tutorial and its following Tuesday tutorial is identical, so you can visit either one.


There are two types of homework: Type 1 and type 2. Both are happening independently of one another. Both will be available through jupyter.

Type 1 homework

Type 1 homework deals with one specific lecture and is designed for repetition and comprehension of its content. They can be solved within a short timeframe, assuming you've already put some work towards understanding the lecture content. 

Type 1 exercises are released every week on Thursday after the lecture and are due the next week Thursday at 11:00. Type 1 exercises are mandatory, i.e. you need to achieve a certain percentage of points in order to take the exam. Type 1 exercises must be solved by you individually, they are not group exercises.

Type 2 homework

Type 2 homework is designed to deepen your understanding by asking advanced questions (potentially spanning multiple lectures). These are more time-intensive and may require you to come up with the right ideas. For this, you'll have more time.

Type 2 exercises are released irregularly and you will have 2-3 weeks to solve them. Type 2 exercises are not mandatory, but solving them grants a bonus for your final grade. Type 2 exercises can be solved in groups: 


The exam will be an oral block exam. For this, we will announce two blocks where you can take your oral exam:

  • First exam block: July 17th to July 19th
  • Second exam block: September 26th and 27th


As a Studienleistung, you need to pass at least 70% of the weekly type 1 exercises (for 6 ECTS students, this is probably going to be 8 out of 11 exercises). A weekly exercise is considered "passed" if you reach at least 50% of its points. You necessarily need the Studienleistung in order to participate in the exam.

Bonus system

  • If you achieved at least 75% of all points in type 2 exercises, and you pass the exam, then your grade will improve by one grade step (e.g., 2.3 to 2.0)