Course detail

Network Architecture

FEKT-BPC-ARSAcad. year: 2018/2019

Telecommunication networks, networks and services, network technologies convergence and service integration. Layer data network model. Data networks, types, data transmission techniques, network topologies, transmission media. Network interconnection equipment and data unit switching techniques. Network technologies - Ethernet, overview of less frequently used technologies. Virtual LANs, software defined networks, network function virtualization. Internet – protocol suite, examples of most frequent application protocols. Data network administration.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will get knowledge from the area of principles of data network operation, protocol sets, properties of various types of LANs, MANs, WANs, about the Internet and its services


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required + fundamentals in the area of electronic communication networks


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

PUŽMANOVÁ, R. Moderní komunikační sítě od A do Z. Computer Press, ISBN 80-251-1278-0, ČR, 2006
NOVOTNÝ, V. Architektura sítí. Skriptum FEKT VUT v Brně. ISBN 80-214-2254-8, 2011
NOVOTNÝ, V. Pevné a bezdrátové síťové technologie pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB-TUO. VUT v Brně, ISBN 978-80-214-5120-9, 2014
CISCO: Internetworking Technologies Handbook. Cisco Press, ISBN 1-58705-001-3, USA, 2001
RUEST,D., RUEST, N., Virtualizace - podrobný průvodce.Computer Press, ISBN 978-80-251-2676-9, Brno, CR, 2010 (CS)
MARCHESE, M. QoS over heterogenous network. John Wiley & Sons, 2007. ISBN 978-0-470-01752-4, UK, 2007
Pevné a bezdrátové síťové technologie pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB-TUO. VUT v Brně, ISBN 978-80-214-5120-9, 2014

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.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

- 1 test within laboratories - 20 points maximum
- activity within laboratories - 10 points maximum
- final written examination - 60 points maximum

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Telecommunication networks - network classification, circuit-switched and packet-switched networks, convergence of network technologies, service integration.
2. Communication services - service division, demands, service description. Network convergence and service integration - reasons, conditions, data transmission techniques.
3. ISO/OSI reference model - layers, their functions. Connection-oriented and connectionless services, reliable and unreliable services.
4. Cable systems. Channel encoding techniques. Transmission capacity sharing techniques.
5. Data networks - characteristics, LANs - types, features, topologies, network elements. Computing architectures in data networks: terminal-server, client-server, peer-to-peer. Network applications.
6. Network interconnection elements - repeaters, HUBs, bridges, switches, routers, gateways. Routing techniques in LANs and WANs.
7. Ethernet technology - 10 Mbps, 100 Mbps, 1000 Mbps, 10 Gbps, 40/100 Gbps - description, standards, access method, network cards, frame formats.
8. Virtual LANs - types, administration. Other data network technologies - Token Ring, FDDI, DQDB.
9. Wireless LANs - architectures, IEEE 802.11 standard family, access methods, frame format, physical layer of various standards, communication procedures, WLAN network security,
10. Reference model TCP/IP - description, addressing, protocols ARP, BOOTP, DHCP.
11. Routing - protocols IP, ICMP, RIP, OSPF, domain name system - DNS. Transport protocols - TCP, UDP.
12. Application protocols - www service HTTP, file transfer FTP, e-mail service - SMTP, secure shell SSH.
13. Network management - model agent-manager, structure of network element properties - network element description database MIB, SNMP protocol, administration tools.


The goal is to provide students valuable information to orientate within telecommunication networks, especially within data networks, their architectures, means of data transport and routing, principles of network resource sharing, telecommunication service provision and also about network administration.

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

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-TLI Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory
  • Programme BPC-IBE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer