Course detail

Computer and Communication Networks

FEKT-MPC-PKSAcad. year: 2020/2021

Students become familiar with structure and architecture or networks; theory of packet-switching networks; reference models; applications (HTTP, FTP, SMTP, DNS); the TCP/IP protocol suite (TCP, UDP, IP, routing, flow control, IP addressing); transmission media; local computer networks, media-access methods; Ethernet (principle, variants, switches, VLAN, PoE), wireless network 802.11; broadband WAN technologies; multimedia applications (RTP, SIP, VoIP services, QoS); network security (basics of cryptography, authentication, integrity, certificates, SSL); management and programming.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to: (a) understand basic theoretical principles of computer networks; (b) describe functions of individual components and protocols; (c) utilize network communication in designed instruments; (d) design and configure local networks.


Basic knowledge of mathematics (probability theory) and information theory (Shannon theorem, errors in the transmission, coding) is requested.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

KUROSE, J. F., ROSS, K.W.,Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (7th Edition). USA:Pearson, 2016. ISBN: 978-0133594140. (EN)
DOSTÁLEK, L., KABELOVÁ, A.: Velký průvodce protokoly TCP/IP a systémem DNS. Computer Press, Brno, 2008. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Teaching methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Computer exercises (22 points), laboratory exercises (18 points), final exam (60 points).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Basic concepts, categorization, structure, network models (RM OSI, TCP/IP), theory of packet-switching networks.
2. Basic application-layer services: HTTP, FTP, SMTP, DNS.
3. Transport layer: communication protocols, implementation of UDP and TCP.
4. Network layer: mathematical theory of routing, IP protocol.
5. Link and physical layers: basic principles of data transmission, coding, and protocols.
6. Transmission media, comparison, basic parameters.
7. Local networks I. Topology, theory shared-medium access.
8. Local networks II. Ethernet as dominating technology (100Mbs - 100Gbs). Hubs, switches, VLAN, flow control, QoS in LAN, STP.
9. Wireless networks 802.11.
10. Broadband technologies, photonic networks.
11. Multimedia services: RTP, VoIP, methods for QoS provisioning in IP networks.
12. Security: ciphers, data integrity, certificates, SSL.
13. Network management, SNMP.


Lectures are focused on presenting structure, architecture, and operational principles of computer and communication networks to students, and on training practical approaches to their design and configuration.

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

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-MEL Master's, any year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, elective

  • Programme EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-BEI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, optional interdisciplinary

  • Programme MPC-EKT Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer