Course detail

Communication technology

FEKT-BKOMAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course is focused on these topics: networks and protocols – communication models, methods of information transmission, reasons for the use of networks, basic structure of networks, types of networks, architecture of communication systems, ISO/OSI reference model, TCP/IP network model. Principles of communication techniques – multiple utilization of transmission channels, duplex communication. Analysis of tasks of every layer of communication models with respect to ISO/OSI and TCP/IP – physical layer, data-link layer, network layer, transport layer, session layer, presentation layer, and application layer.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students who will complete this course will be able to:
- describe and explain the basic communication models and methods of information transmission,
- list the basic network structures and express their performance parameters,
- describe and explain the general architecture of communication systems,
- identify the differences between ISO/OSI and TCP/IP network models, define these models,
- describe the basic principles of multiple utilization of transmission channels and methods for providing two-way communication,
- explain the operation of the physical layer of transmission systems,
- explain the task of the data-link layer of transmission systems,
- express the fundamentals of operation and services of the network layer of transmission systems, including the role of main protocols,
- interpret the function of the transport layer of transmission systems,
- explain the role of the session and presentation layers of transmission systems,
- describe selected tasks and protocols of the application layer of transmission systems.


Students who are going to attend this course should be able to: - use several numerical systems and conversions among them, - explain and use elementary units common in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT), e.g. data size, - use elementary terms from the ICT area, e.g. operating system.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Jeřábek, J. Komunikační technologie. Brno: Vysoké učení technické v Brně, 2014. s. 1-172, ISBN 978-80-214-4713-4. (CS)
Peterson, L. L., Bruce S. D. Computer networks: a systems approach, páté vydání. Burlington: Morgan Kaufmann, 2011. (EN)
Forouzan, B. A. TCP/IP protocol suite, čtvrté vydání. Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2010. (EN)
Satrapa, P.: IPv6: Internet Protocol verze 6, třetí vydání. Neocortex, Praha 2011. (CS)
Pužmanová, R.: Moderní komunikační sítě od A do Z, druhé aktualizované vydání. Computer Press, Brno 2006. (CS)
Hošek, J., Jeřábek, J. Komunikační technologie - laboratorní cvičení. Brno: VUT v Brně, 2013. s. 1-116, ISBN 978-80-214-4722-6. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write a single project/assignment during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Up to 30 points can be awarded for work in laboratory exercises (points are obtained for individual tasks, test and individual project).
Up to 70 points can be earned for the written examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Communication models, transmission of information.
2. Structure of networks, architecture of communication.
3. Basic description of ISO/OSI and TCP/IP network models.
4. Multiple utilization of transmission channels.
5. Physical layer of communication systems.
6. Data-link layer of communication systems.
7. Network layer of communication systems (services, task of the layer, addresses, routing).
8. Network layer of communication systems (datagrams, tunnelling, translation, flow control, IPv6).
9. Transport layer of communication systems.
10. Session layer of communication systems.
11. Presentation layer of communication systems.
12. Application layer of communication systems.


The goal of the course is to provide students with some orientation within the fundamental types and structures of communication networks designated for transmission of voice, data and pictures and within the technologies of information transmission that are used in them.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at laboratory exercises is compulsory, properly justified absence can be made up after after prior arrangement with the instructor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme IBEP-T Bachelor's

    branch T-IBP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-B Bachelor's

    branch B-TLI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory
    branch B-AMT , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, optional interdisciplinary
    branch B-MET , 3. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, optional interdisciplinary

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer