MAT 3530, Spring 2017

International Education Abroad Program

 

Secret Codes Through World War II

 

Travel Destinations:  Washington, DC, and London, England

Travel Dates:  May 17–28, 2017

Program Leader:  Dr. Rick Klima (mobile phone 828-773-0790)

Associate Leader:  Dr. Holly Hirst

 

Course Text:  The program leader will provide all readings and other notes.

Pre-Travel Class Meetings:  Six mandatory pre-travel class meetings will be held on Thursdays from March 23 to April 27 from 5:00–6:50pm in 309 Walker Hall. A seventh pre-travel class meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 9, from 6:30–9:30pm at Lost Province restaurant.

Post-Travel Class Meeting:  One mandatory post-travel class meeting will be held at a time TBA during the Fall 2017 semester.

 

Course Description:  This program will introduce students to cryptology, the art and science of secret communication. Emphasis will be placed on classical ciphers, particularly on the Enigma machine that was used as a German field cipher during World War II, and the Allied codebreaking effort at Bletchley Park to solve it. Through readings, videos, class discussions, and tours of Bletchley Park, the Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast, and the National Cryptologic, International Spy, and Imperial War Museums, students will learn the importance and difficulty of effective codemaking and codebreaking. The travel portion of the program will begin and end at the ASU campus. Students and the program leaders will first travel to Washington, DC, where several sites will be visited. Students and the program leaders will then travel to London, England. Each student will be required to submit a journal in which he or she has written reflections upon the experiences of each day during the travel portion of the program. Each student will also be required to, for a cryptologic topic of his or her choice, write and submit a research paper to the program leader, and prepare and deliver a presentation to the other students in the program.

 

Course Itinerary:

Mar 23    First pre-travel meeting at 5:00pm in Walker 309 – Substitution ciphers with cryptanalysis

Mar 30    Second pre-travel meeting at 5:00pm in Walker 309 – Playfair ciphers and the Navajo code

Apr 6       Third pre-travel meeting at 5:00pm in Walker 309 – Transposition ciphers with cryptanalysis

Apr 13     Fourth pre-travel meeting at 5:00pm in Walker 309 – ADFGX/VX, Alberti, and Vigenère ciphers

Apr 20     Fifth pre-travel meeting at 5:00pm in Walker 309 – Enigma machine encryption and decryption

Apr 27     Sixth pre-travel meeting at 5:00pm in Walker 309 – Enigma machine analysis of security

May 9      Seventh pre-travel meeting at 6:30pm at Lost Province restaurant

May 17    Depart from the ASU campus at 11:00am, from the traffic circle in front of the Broyhill Music Center / Travel by van and car to HI-USA Hostel at 1009 11th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20001, phone 202-737-2333 / First of three nights at HI-USA Hostel / Parking at City Center Parking Lot, 900 9th St NW, Washington, DC, 20001, phone 202-842-4333

May 18    Travel by van and car to the U.S. National Cryptologic Museum (open 9:00am4:00pm; 9:30am tour, 11:00am workshop) at 8290 Colony Seven Rd, Annapolis Junction, MD, 20701, phone 301-688-5849 / Partial free day, consider Smithsonian Museums (open 10:00am–5:30pm)

May 19    Travel by foot to the International Spy Museum (open 9:00am–7:00pm; 9:15am entry) at 800 F St, NW, Washington, DC, 20004, phone 202-393-7798 / Partial free day, optional tour of U.S. Capitol (begins 2:00pm), consider Smithsonian Museums (open 10:00am–5:30pm)

May 20    Travel by van and car to Dulles International Airport, then by plane to London Heathrow Airport on United Airlines 122, scheduled to depart 8:20am and arrive 8:55pm, then by London Underground (Piccadilly Line from Heathrow to Green Park, then Victoria Line from Green Park to Pimlico) to Travel Joy Hostel at 111 Grosvenor Rd, London SW1V 3LG, UK, phone +44 207 834 9689 / First of seven nights at Travel Joy Hostel

May 21    Travel by London Underground (Victoria Line from Pimlico to Oxford Circus, then Bakerloo Line from Oxford Circus to Paddington) and First Great Western Rail (Zone 2 extensions for 9:21am or later from Paddington to Slough to Windsor & Eton Central) to Windsor Castle (open 9:30am5:30pm) at Windsor SL4 1NJ, UK, phone +44 303 123 7334

May 22    Travel by London Underground (Victoria Line from Pimlico to Victoria, then District Line from Victoria to Westminster) to the Churchill War Rooms (open 9:30am–6:00pm) at Clive Steps, King Charles St, London SW1A 2AQ, UK, phone +44 20 7416 5000 / Partial free day, consider Westminster Abbey (open 9:30am–3:30pm), Buckingham Palace (open 10:00am–5:00pm), St. James's Park, Hyde Park

May 23    Travel by London Underground (Victoria Line from Pimlico to Euston) and London Midland Train (9:24am or later from Euston to Bletchley) to Bletchley Park (open 9:30am5:00pm; 10:30am entry) at Sherwood Dr, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB, UK, phone +44 1908 640404

May 24    Travel by London Underground (Victoria Line from Pimlico to Oxford Circus, then Bakerloo Line from Oxford Circus to Lambeth North) to the Imperial War Museum (open 10:00am–6:00pm) at Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, UK, phone +44 20 7416 5000 / Partial free day, consider London Eye (open 11:00am–6:00pm), Lambeth Palace (open 9:30am–5:30pm), London Dungeon (open 10:00am–5:00pm), Globe Theater (open 9:00am–5:00pm)

May 25    Travel by London Underground (Victoria Line from Pimlico to Green Park, then Jubilee Line from Green Park to London Bridge) to the HMS Belfast (open 10:00am–5:00pm) at The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2JH, UK, phone +44 20 7940 6300, then by foot to the Tower of London (open 9:00am–5:30pm) at St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, UK, phone +44 844 482 7777 / Consider also Tower Bridge Exhibition (open 10:00am–5:30pm) / (London Underground from Tower of London to Travel Joy hostel is Circle Line from Tower Hill to Victoria, then Victoria Line from Victoria to Pimlico)

May 26    Full free day, consider St. Paul's Cathedral (open 8:30am–4:30pm), British Museum (open 10:00am–5:30pm), Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square

May 27    Travel by London Underground (Victoria Line from Pimlico to Green Park, then Piccadilly Line from Green Park to Heathrow) to London Heathrow Airport, then by plane to Dulles International Airport on United Airlines 925, scheduled to depart 4:40pm and arrive 7:45pm, then by van and car to the Comfort Inn & Suites Airport Dulles-Gateway at 45515 Dulles Plaza, Sterling, VA, 20166, phone 703-471-5005 / Overnight at the Comfort Inn & Suites Airport Dulles-Gateway

May 28    Travel by van and car to the ASU campus, arriving at the traffic circle in front of the Broyhill Music Center by 9:00pm / Consider also Udvar-Hazy Center (open 10:00am–5:30pm)

TBA          Reflection journals due at a time TBA during the Fall 2017 semester (may be handwritten, and must include an entry for each day from May 17–28; should include reflections upon the experiences of each day, particularly educational experiences, connected to cryptology on days when appropriate)

TBA          Research papers due at a time TBA during the Fall 2017 semester (must be typed of at least three full pages in length, single-spaced with a 12-point font and one-inch margins; may include a reasonable number of graphics considered as part of the minimum required length, and must have the titles and/or URLs of at least two references included at the end but not considered as part of the minimum required length)

TBA          Final presentations due and delivered at a time TBA during the Fall 2017 semester (must be at least 12 but not more than 15 minutes in length; a slideshow program such as PowerPoint must be used to support and lead the audience through presentations)

 

Grading:  Final letter grades will be assigned based on your final course average and the following scale:

 

Pre-Travel Homework:  20% of final course average

Reflection Journal:  20% of final course average

Research Paper:  30% of final course average

Final Presentation:  30% of final course average

 

92.00–100% = A

90.00–91.99% = A–

88.00–89.99% = B+

82.00–87.99% = B

80.00–81.99% = B–

78.00–79.99% = C+

72.00–77.99% = C

70.00–71.99% = C–

68.00–69.99% = D+

62.00–67.99% = D

60.00–61.99% = D–

0–59.99% = F