Course detail

Computer and Communication Networks

FEKT-GPKSAcad. year: 2019/2020

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

Nabízen zahradničním studentům

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to (1) understand basic theoretical principles of computer networks; (2) describe functions of individual components and protocols; (3) utilize network communication in designed instruments; (4) 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

TANENBAUM, A.S., WETHERALL, D.J. Computer Networks. USA: Prentice Hall, 2010. (EN)
KOZIEROK, C.M. The TCP/IP Guide: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Internet Protocols Reference. USA: No Starch Press, 2005. (EN)
KUROSE, J.F., ROSS, K.W. Computer Networking, 6th edition. USA: Pearson, 2012. (EN)

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 and laboratory exercises. The course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Laboratory exercises (40 points), final exam (60 points).
The exam will be online.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Basic concepts, categorization, structure, network models (RM ISO/OSI, TCP/IP).
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, shared medium access. Standard IEEE 802.
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, QoS in IP networks.
12. Security: ciphers, data integrity, certificates, SSL.
13. Network management, SNMP.

Laboratory exercises:
1. Structured cabling, physical layer.
2. Properties of hubs and switches, priority mechanisms.
3. Configuration of VLAN, security on link layer.
4. Wireless access point IEEE 802.11, configuration, security.
5. VoIP, configuration of phone and PBX, subjective tests.
6. TCP/IP, macroscopic behavior (reaction on packet loss and delay).
7. Communication using UDP, traffic analysis.
8. Security, firewall - configuration, NAT, traffic analysis.
9. Routing and addressing in IP networks.
10. Implementation of network interface in embedded systems, OpenWRT.
11. Domain Name System.
12. IPv6.


Lectures are focused on presenting the structure, architecture, and operational principles of modern communication and computer 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 TECO-G Master's

    branch G-TEC , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer