Course detail

Computer Communication

FSI-VPKAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course focuses on the technical and software solutions in data networks as well as in industrial networks. Principles of communication, computer networks, computer platforms and industrial networks are discussed. Considerable attention is paid to the TCP/IP protocol family. Programming of application using TCP and UDP protocols is also included (in seminars).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be able to use, design, install and manage computer networks as well as to develop internet-based applications. They acquire basic knowledge of industrial networks.


The basic knowledge of using computers is required (files and folders operations etc.). The C-language programming is desirable.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Forouzan F. A.: Data Communications and Networking (5th edition). McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Forouzan F. A.: Data Communications and Networking (5th edition). McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Sosinsky, B.: Mistrovství – počítačové sítě. Computer Press, 2010.
Mackay S., Wright E., Reynders D., Park J.: Practical Industrial Data Networks: Design, Installation and Troubleshooting. Newnes, 2004.
Fall K. R., Stevens W. R.: TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1: The Protocols (2nd edition). Addison-Wesley Professional, 2011.
Ramaswami R., Sivarajan K., Sasaki G.: Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective (3rd edition). Morgan Kaufmann, 2009.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course-unit credit award requirements: active participation in seminars, elaboration of an individual project. The examination is oral.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the technical and software solutions of communications problems in data networks, as well as in industrial networks.

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

The attendance at lectures is recommended; the attendance at seminars is obligatory. Education runs according to week schedules. The form of compensation for missed seminars is fully in the competence of the tutor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-AIŘ , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M-AIŘ , 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction. Basic terms from data communications. ISO/OSI model.
2. Transmission media.
3. Ethernet network.
4. LAN Interconnection (repeater, bridge, router).
5. Switched networks.
6. TCP/IP - introduction, addressing, data communication model.
7. TCP/IP - network management and services.
8. IPv6.
9. EIA-232, EIA-422, EIA-485.
10. Modbus.
11. Fieldbus. Profibus.
12. DeviceNet. HART protocol.
13. Wireless networks.

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. World Wide Web - HTML, cascading style sheets.
2. Dynamic web pages, server-side scripting using php language.
3. Dynamic web pages - client-side scripting (JavaScript, DOM).
4. Web database application.
5. Using of bridge. Router installation and configuration.
6., 7. Installation and configuration of ATM network.
8. Domain Name Services.
9. Development of programs using UDP and/or TCP protocol.
10. Development of simple client/server application.
11., 12. Demonstration of industrial networks.
13. Presentation of semester projects, accreditation.