Course detail

Modern Communication Technique

FEKT-LPKTAcad. year: 2019/2020

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.


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 which are common in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT), e.g. data size, transmission speed, - use elementary terms from the ICT area, e.g. operating system, memory, process, - describe the architecture of basic network models, i.e. TCP/IP and ISO/OSI, - describe the basic application protocols for user data transfer from the TCP/IP suite, - list routing protocols used on local-area level.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Satrapa, P., IPv6 - Internet Protocol verze 6, 3. vydání, Praha 2011. Dostupné online. (CS)
Jeřábek, J., Pokročilé komunikační techniky (MPKT). Skripta VUT v Brně, ISBN 978-80-214-4636-6, 2015. (CS)
Davies, J., Understanding IPv6, second edition, Microsoft Press, Redmond, 2008. (EN)
Minoli, D., IP multicast with applications to IPTV and mobile DVB-H, John Wiley, Hoboken (USA), 2008. (EN)
Conlan, P. J., Cisco network professional´s advanced intenetworking guide, Wiley Publishing, Hoboken (USA), 2009. (EN)
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 are awarded for work in laboratories (points are obtained for individual tasks, tests and individual project).
Up to 70 points are awarded for the written examination.
The exam from the course will take place in person and/or remotely.

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, task of network layer with IP protocol.
2. Address Translation in IP networks (ARP, DHCP, NAT, DNS, mDNS, LLMNR).
3. Protocols for redundant access to default gateway, multicast data transfer.
4. IPv6 protocol suite (features, deployment, datagram, addresses, ICMPv6 responsibilities, DHCPv6, mobility, multicast, routing).
5. Autonomous systems, BGP protocol, multihoming, peering.
6. Distributed systems.
7. 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 at laboratories is compulsory, properly justified absence can be made up after prior arrangement with the instructor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-ML1 Master's

    branch ML1-TIT , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer