Course detail

Computer and Communication Networks

FEKT-MPKSAcad. year: 2017/2018

Students become familiar with structure and architecture or 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).

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

KOLKA, Z.: Počítačové a komunikační sítě. Brno: VUT v Brně, skripta, 2012. (CS)
DOSTÁLEK, L. - KABELOVÁ, A.: Velký průvodce protokoly TCP/IP a systémem DNS. Computer Press, Brno, 2008. (CS)
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. Techning 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 (25 points), laboratory exercises (15 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).
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.

Computer exercises:
1. Communication using UDP, traffic analysis.
2. Security, firewall - configuration, NAT, traffic analysis.
3. Routing and addressing in IP networks.
4. Implementation of network interface in embedded systems.
5. Domain Name System.
6. IPv6.

Laboratory exercises:
1. Structured cabling, physical layer.
2. Properties of hubs and switches, priority mechanisms.
3. Configuration of VLAN, security on link layer.
4. Access point 802.11, configuration, security.
5. VoIP, configuration of phone and PBX, subjective tests.
6. TCP/IP, macroscopic behavior (reaction on packet loss and delay).


Lectures are focused on presenting structure, architecture, and operational principles of 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 EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-BEI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional interdisciplinary
    branch M1-EST , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M1-MEL , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional interdisciplinary
    branch M1-EEN , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, optional interdisciplinary

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 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