Course detail

Modern communication technique

FEKT-NPKTAcad. year: 2018/2019

The course is focused on these topics: Widening of the understanding of well-known network models, TCP/IP in particular. Network and transport layer, address translation. IPv6. Redundancy protocols. Autonomous systems, BGP protocol, peering, multihoming. Communication between applications, distributed systems. Introduction to area of design and specification of systems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students who have completed this course are able to:
- demonstrate the differences between ISO/OSI and TCP/IP network models, explain the essence of these models,
- analyze the task of network layer with IP protocol,
- identify and interpret several levels of address translation used in IP networks,
- explain the principle of protocols used for redundancy of access to default gateway,
- explain the essence of multicast data transfer,
- explain every aspect of IPv6 protocol and related issues,
- assess the suitability of transport layer protocols for particular applications,
- explain issues of autonomous systems existence,
- apply multi-level routing with BGP protocol,
- describe the fundamental types of distributed systems and the essence of middleware layer,
- describe and explain the general design of systems and protocols,
- design and analyze own communication protocol.


Student, which is going to attend this course, should be able to: - use several numeral systems and conversions among them, - explain and use elementary units common in area of information and communication technologies (ICT), e.g. data size, transmission speed, - use elementary terms from ICT area, e.g. operating system, memory, process, - describe architecture of basic network models, i.e. TCP/IP and ISO/OSI, - describe basic application protocols for user data transfer from TCP/IP suite, - list routing protocols used on local-area level.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Forouzan, B. A. TCP/IP protocol suite, 4th edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2010. (EN)
Peterson, L. L., Bruce S. D. Computer networks: a systems approach, 5th edition. Burlington: Morgan Kaufmann, 2011. (EN)
Jeřábek, J., Pokročilé komunikační techniky (MPKT). Skripta VUT v Brně, ISBN 978-80-214-4636-6, 2015. (CS)
JEŘÁBEK, J., HOŠEK, J.: Protokoly komunikačních technik pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB-TUO. Brno: VUT v Brně, 2014. s. 1-127. ISBN: 978-80-214-5070-7. (CS)
Hošek, J. Pokročilé komunikační techniky - laboratorní cvičení. Brno: VUT v Brně, 2013. s. 1-129. ISBN: 978-80-214-4900-8. (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 from laboratories (points are obtained from individual tasks and individual project).
Up to 70 points from written examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Widening the knowledge of the well-known network model TCP/IP. Network and transport layer.
2. Task of network layer with IP protocol.
3. Address Translation in IP networks (ARP, DHCP).
4. Address Translation in IP networks (NAT, DNS, mDNS, LLMNR).
5. Protocols for redundant access to default gateway.
6. Multicast data transfer.
7. IPv6 protocol suite (features, deployment, datagram, addresses).
8. IPv6 protocol suite (ICMPv6 responsibilities, DHCPv6, mobility).
9. IPv6 protocol suite (multicast, routing, examples).
10. Autonomous systems, BGP protocol, multihoming, peering.
11. Distributed systems.
12. Design of systems, its description, design of communication protocols.


The goal of the course is to provide students with comprehensive orientation in the field of advanced communication techniques, especially on the network layer and application layer, in distributed systems, and also with specific issues such as design and specification of communication protocols.

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

Attendance on laboratories is compulsory, properly excused laboratories can be filled after talking to the lecturer.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-MN Master's

    branch MN-TIT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer