Seminar on Coding and Cryptography

Module Number: EI77015

Duration: 1 Semester

Ocurrence: Winter Semester and Summer Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Antonia Wachter-Zeh

Amount of work

Contact hours: 45

Self-study hours: 105

Total: 150

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

The exam for the module consists of the following parts:
- Written elaboration of the results as homework (30%)
- 20 minutes scientific talk about the assigned topic and additional 10 minutes discussion (50%)
- Participation in the discussion of other talks (20%)

Intended Learning Outcomes

By participating in this course, the students obtain knowledge about recent developments in research of coding theory/channel coding and cryptography.

After successful completion, the students are able to familiarize with a scientific topic and summarize its core aspects. They can write scientific articles with appropriate structure and can present the core aspects in a short talk. Students have developed a general understanding of doing research and to contribute to a scientific discussion.


This seminar deals with current research developments in the area of coding theory, channel coding and cryptography. The explicit topic is chosen by each student from a list of offered topics that is updated every semester.

Each participants summarizes results, gives a scientific presentation and participates in a scientific discussion.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Each student obtains supervision by a scientific employee who introduces the student to scientific literature research and guides the student with writing the report. An introductory lecture presents basic concepts of scientific talks


Direct instruction of methods;
reading for meaning (indirect instruction);
writing essays (independent study);
presentation and discussion (interactive instruction)

Reading List

Depends on the chosen topic, will be distributed.