Communication technology is the foundation of today's modern society, with a significant impact on our daily lives. This topic provides a detailed overview of communication technologies, from those implemented by the network user and / or the application to those in the network itself and all the way to the signal transmitted on the wire or in the air, thus covering all layers in the network stack. The completion of this course together with the DAT300 and further independent studies gives the student the necessary skills to obtain Cisco CCNA certification.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
This course provides an overview of the general principles of computer networking. The communication protocols will be introduced by presenting each abstraction layer in different network architectures (e.g. OSI and TCP/IP models). The Internet is used as an example of how a computer network can be implemented.
Various physical and data link layer protocols and mechanisms are described. In addition, network layer functionalities and protocols are presented, such as IP addressing, subnetting and routing. Transport layer protocols (eg TCP and UDP), services and functionalities, such as congestion control and flow control, are also discussed. The main protocols for the application layer (eg HTTP and DNS) will be overviewed.
The course also discusses the structure and configuration of routers and switches. In addition, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) are presented.
The lab activities are mainly based on Cisco's network hardware and software solutions, and correspond to the first and partly the second modules of Cisco's CCNAv7.
Basics of communication networks
Network challenges and protocols
Design principles for computer networks
Identify the challenges of a network
Evaluate and select the right network technology for a given application and environment
Configure and troubleshoot switches and routers
Understand the basic technologies of communication networks
Understand the theoretical and practical embodiments and issues of the different teams and different protocols
Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment
Basic calculator specified in general exam regulations
The written exam is a mix of digital multiple choice and textual questions.
100% of chapter assignments and 100% lab assignments that are held throughout the semester and attendance in the lectures must be approved before admission to the written exams is granted. Absence should not be more than 3 lecture weeks unless a doctor certificate is provided.
In total 8 hours per week including lectures, group work, laboratory exercises, assignments.
Students enrolled on bachelor programme in Computer Science at the Faculty of Science and Technology.
Limited capacity for exchange students in
There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.