Course detail

Network Architecture

FEKT-BPC-NARAcad. year: 2023/2024

Telecommunication networks, network convergence and service integration. OSI reference model. Data networks, types, data transmission techniques. Network topologies, cabling systems. Network interconnection elements - hubs, switches, routers. Routing techniques. Network technologies - Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI, DQDB. Virtual LANs. TCP/IP protocol set. Internet, e-mail, remote access, file transfer, www service - HTTP, HTML language. Data network security. Network administration.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

The subject knowledge on the secondary school level and an intermediate level of English language knowledge are required

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

- 2 tests within laboratories - 20 points maximum
- final written examination - 80 points max.

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.


The goal is to pass to students sufficient information about data networks, means of network communication, network administration, about the Internet and its services.
Students will get knowledge from the area of principles of data networks, protocol sets, properties of various types of LANs, MANs, WANs, about the Internet and its services

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

NOVOTNÝ, V. Pevné a bezdrátové síťové technologie pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB-TUO. VUT v Brně, ISBN 978-80-214-5120-9, 2014
BLOKDYK, G. Network Architectures A Complete Guide, ISBN ‎ 978-0655421696, 2021
SZIGETI, T., ZACKS, D., FALKNER, M., ARENA, S. Cisco Digital Network Architecture: Intent-based Networking for the Enterprise., ISBN 978-1587147050, 2018
MARCHESE, M. QoS over heterogenous network. John Wiley & Sons, 2007. ISBN 978-0-470-01752-4, UK, 2007

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-APE Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

  • Programme AJEI-H Bachelor's

    branch H-AEI , 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


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

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Lab.1-6 Experimental network with OS Novell Netware 6 - e-Directory (NDS) database - structure, objects, object types, their properties, property values, object access rights, property access rights, inheritance, IRF;file systems, file and directory access rights; directory and file attributes - goal, types, attribute setting;network printing;login scripts - goal, types, commands.
Lab.7-11 Networks with unix-oriented operating systems - evolution, operating system architecture, kernel structure; unix file systems - organization, file types; processes - types, states, daemons, process starting, process administration; operating system installation.
Lab 11-13 Protocol analysis in the TCP/IP computer networks.