Course detail

Modern Communication Techniques

FEKT-MPC-PKTAcad. year: 2021/2022

The course is focused on these topics: Widening of the understanding of well-known network models, TCP/IP in particular. Network and transport layer, address translation. IPv6. Redundancy protocols. Autonomous systems, BGP protocol, peering, multihoming. Introduction the design of communication protocols.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students who have completed this course are able to:
- demonstrate the differences between ISO/OSI and TCP/IP network models, explain the essence of these models,
- analyze the task of network layer with IP protocol,
- identify and interpret several levels of address translation used in IP networks,
- explain the principle of protocols used for redundancy of access to default gateway,
- explain the essence of multicast data transfer,
- explain every aspect of IPv6 protocol and related issues,
- assess the suitability of transport layer protocols for particular applications,
- explain issues of autonomous systems existence,
- apply multi-level routing with BGP protocol,
- design and analyze own communication protocol. 


Students who are going to attend this course should be able to: - use several numerical systems and conversions among them, - explain and use elementary units which are common in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT), e.g. data size, transmission speed, - use elementary terms from the ICT area, e.g. operating system, memory, process, - describe the architecture of basic network models, i.e. TCP/IP and ISO/OSI, - describe the basic application protocols for user data transfer from the TCP/IP suite, - list routing protocols used on local-area level.
Work in the laboratory is conditional on a valid qualification of a student according to the Decree No. 50/1978 Coll. (Czech rule), which students must obtain before starting the course. Information on this qualification is given in the Dean's Directive on familiarisation of students with safety regulations.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.


Jeřábek, J., Pokročilé komunikační techniky (MPKT). Skripta VUT v Brně,aktualizace 2022. (CS)
Satrapa, P., IPv6 - Internet Protocol verze 6, 3. vydání, Praha 2012. Dostupné online. (CS)
Kurose, J., Ross, K.: Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach (7th Edition), Pearson USA, ISBN 978-0133594140, 2016. (EN)
Conlan, P. J., Cisco network professional´s advanced intenetworking guide, Wiley Publishing, Hoboken (USA), 2009. (EN)
Raymond Lacoste, Bradley Edgeworth, CCNP Enterprise Advanced Routing ENARSI 300-410 Official Cert Guide, Cisco press, 2020, ISBN 978-1587145254. (EN)

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 are awarded for work in laboratories (points are obtained for individual tasks, tests and individual project).
Up to 70 points are awarded for the written examination.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to the course, selected topics from computer networking based on TCP/IP.
2. Widening the knowledge of TCP/IP networking model. Network and transport layer with protocols TCP, UDP, SCTP and QUIC.
3. Task of network layer with IP protocol.
4. Address Translation in IP networks (ARP, DHCP).
5. Address Translation in IP networks (NAT, DNS, DNSSEC, DoH, mDNS, LLMNR).
6. Protocols for redundant access to default gateway.
7. Multicast data transfer.
8. IPv6 protocol suite (features, deployment, datagram, addresses).
9. IPv6 protocol suite (ICMPv6 responsibilities, DHCPv6, mobility).
10. IPv6 protocol suite (multicast, routing, examples).
11. Autonomous systems, BGP protocol, multihoming, peering.
12. Design of communication protocols.
13. Revision of the content of the course, binding of individual topics. 


The goal of the course is to provide students with comprehensive orientation in the field of advanced communication techniques, especially on the network layer and application layer and also with specific issues such as design and specification of communication protocols.

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

Attendance at laboratories is compulsory, properly justified absence can be made up after prior arrangement with the instructor.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPC-TIT Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory
  • Programme MPC-IBE Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer