Course detail

Network Architecture

FEKT-BKC-ARSAcad. year: 2023/2024

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.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

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

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

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

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 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.
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

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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

Recommended reading

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


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKC-TLI Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 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

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introductory exercise – safety rules, information about exercises
2. IP addressing
3. Measurement of analog telephone
4. DECT cordless communication
5. SIP protocol analysis
6. Network management and analysis of SNMP messages
7. Communication in WLAN networks
8. Quality of service support implementation - DiffServ technology
9. Network reliability assurance at link layer
10. Influence of quality parameters on data services
11. Quality of service support introduction in enterprise networks
12. Exercise substitution
13. Credit test