Course detail

Communication Technology

FEKT-BPA-KOMAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course is focused on the following topics: networks and protocols – communication models, methods of information transmission, reasons for the use of networks, basic structure of networks, types of networks, architecture of communication systems, ISO/OSI reference model, TCP/IP network model. Principles of communication techniques – multiple utilization of transmission channels, duplex communication. Analysis of tasks of every layer of communication models with respect to ISO/OSI and TCP/IP – physical layer, data-link layer, network layer, transport layer, session layer, presentation layer, and application layer.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Offered to foreign students

Of all faculties

Entry knowledge

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 common in the area of information and communication technologies (ICT), e.g. data size, - use elementary terms from the ICT area, e.g. operating system, packet, etc.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Up to 30 points can be awarded for work in laboratory exercises (points are obtained for the reports submitted after each laboratory exercise).
Up to 70 points can be earned for the final written exam.

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


The goal of the course is to provide students with some orientation within the fundamental types and structures of communication networks designated for transmission of voice, data and pictures and within the data transmission technologies used in modern communication networks.
Students who will complete this course will be able to:
- describe and explain the basic communication models and methods of information transmission,
- list the basic network structures and express their performance parameters,
- describe and explain the general architecture of communication systems,
- identify the differences between ISO/OSI and TCP/IP network models, define these models,
- describe the basic principles of multiple utilization of transmission channels and methods for providing two-way communication,
- explain the operation of the physical layer of transmission systems,
- explain the task of the data-link layer of transmission systems,
- express the fundamentals of operation and services of the network layer of transmission systems, including the role of main protocols,
- interpret the function of the transport layer of transmission systems,
- explain the role of the session and presentation layers of transmission systems,
- describe selected tasks and protocols of the application layer of transmission systems.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

HOŠEK, J. Communication Technology. 1. 2014. s. 1-148. ISBN: 978-80-214-5178- 0. (EN)

Recommended reading

Not applicable.


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPA-ELE Bachelor's

    specialization BPA-ECT , 2. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
    specialization BPA-PSA , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Communication models, transmission of information
2. Structure of networks, architecture of communication
3. Basic description of ISO/OSI and TCP/IP network models
4. Multiple utilization of transmission channels
5. Physical layer of communication systems
6. Data-link layer of communication systems
7. Network layer of communication systems (services, task of the layer, addresses, routing)
8. Network layer of communication systems (datagrams, tunnelling, translation, flow control, IPv6)
9. Transport layer of communication systems
10. Session layer of communication systems
11. Presentation layer of communication systems
12. Application layer of communication systems (domain name system, telnet)
13. Application layer of communication systems (web and email system)

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction into laboratory, introduction into the course, getting familiar with Riverbed Modeler environment
2. Simulation of basic network applications
3. Modeling of backbone and access networks with Ethernet technology
4. Comparison of wireless and metalic technology (WLAN and Ethernet)
5. Differences between application protocols
6. Comparison of ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) and Frame Relay technology
7. Techniques for achieving required quality of service (QoS), queuing mechanisms
8. Test, introduction into individual assignment
9. Routing protocols RIP and OSPF
10. Comparison of TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) protocols
11. Work on individual assignment
12. Finalization of individual assignment
13. Defence of individual assignment