Course detail

Modern communication technique

FEKT-NPKTAcad. year: 2015/2016

The course is focused on these topics: Widening of the understanding of well-known network models, TCP/IP especially. Network and transport layer, address translation. IPv6. Redundancy protocols. Autonomous systems, BGP protocol, peering, multihoming. Communication between applications, distributed systems. Introduction into the parallel data processing and systems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student which completes this course is able to:
- demonstrate differences between ISO/OSI and TCP/IP network models, explain essence of these models,
- analyze task of network layer with IP protocol,
- identify and interpret several levels of address translation used in IP networks,
- explain principle of protocols used for redundancy of access to default gateway,
- explain essence of multicast data transfer,
- explain every aspect of IPv6 protocol and related issues,
- judge suitability of transport layer protocols for particular application,
- explain issues of autonomous systems existence,
- apply multi-level routing with BGP protocol,
- describe fundamental types of distributed systems and essence of middleware layer,
- describe and explain general design of systems and protocols,
- explain issues of communication and synchronization among processes,
- 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. Knowledge widening 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, multicast, routing).
9. Autonomous systems, BGP protocol, multihoming, peering.
10. Distributed systems.
11. Processes and systems (design, description, parallel problems).
12. Processes and systems (synchronization, communication, data exchange, design of protocol).


The goal of the course is to provide to students the compact orientation in field of advanced communication techniques, especially on network layer and application layer, in distributed systems and further with specific issues such as a parallel data processing.

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