Computer Communications and Networks

Language of Instruction:English
* This course is prepared for incoming Erasmus+ students only, and it is instructed in English.
* This course will be open if a certain/sure minimum of enrolled students is at least five students.

Completion:credit+exam (written)
Type of
Guarantor:Švéda Miroslav, prof. Ing., CSc., DIFS
Lecturer:Trchalík Roman, Mgr., Ph.D., DIFS
Instructor:Trchalík Roman, Mgr., Ph.D., DIFS
Faculty:Faculty of Information Technology BUT
Department:Department of Information Systems FIT BUT
Learning objectives:
  The aim is to understand basic concepts and principles of computer communications and computer networks; to be aware of communication functions and their implementations in common computer networks.
  Internet concept and model of Internet. Model ISO/OSI. TCP, UDP, IP protocols. Addressing in computer networks (local and Internet). Routing in Internet. Multicasting in Internet. Switching and switches. Principles of reliable data transfer. Network interconnections. Multiple access. Error control. Communication services and protocols. Wireless and mobile networks and protocols.
Knowledge and skills required for the course:
  Codes for data presentation, Hamming distance. Programming language C/C++.
Learning outcomes and competences:
  Student acquaints basic concepts and principles of computer communications and computer networks and will be aware of communication functions and their implementations in common computer networks. Student will learn how to deal with RFC documents which desribe specification of communication protocols in detail. Student will learn how to implement communication protocol with respect to protocol specification in RFC document.
Syllabus of lectures:
  1. Introduction into computer networks.
  2. Communication model of Internet. ISO/OSI model. Communication services and protocols.
  3. Application layer and protocols.
  4. Transport layer. UDP protocol.
  5. TCP protocol. Socket API.
  6. Network layer. IP protocol. Addressing and routing.
  7. Routing protocols.
  8. Multicast in INternet.
  9. Link layer and link protocols.
  10. Switching and switches.
  11. ATM. Frame Relay.
  12. High-speed networks. Wireless and mobile networks and protocols.
  13. Network management.
Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students:
  1. Two projects focused on TCP/IP communication.
Fundamental literature:
  1. Kurose J.F., Ross K.W.: Computer Networking, A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet. Addison-Wesley, 2003.
Study literature:
  1. Halsall F.: Data Communications, Computer Networks and Open Systems. Addison-Wesley, 1996.
  2. Puzmanova, R.: Routing and Switching, Time of Convergence?. Addison-Wesley, 2003.
  3. RFC
Controlled instruction:
  Project work and final exam are the monitored, and points earning, education. Final exam has two additional correction eventualities.
Progress assessment:
  • Evaluated project - 10 points
  • Evaluated project - 20 points
  • Final written examination - 70 points
Exam prerequisites:
  Requirements for class accreditation is at least 50% of points for semester.

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