PB156 Computer Networks

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2016
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 2 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. RNDr. Eva Hladká, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Lukáš Ručka (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Eva Hladká, Ph.D.
Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Supplier department: Department of Computer Systems and Communications - Faculty of Informatics
Thu 14:00–15:50 D1
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The main goal of this course is to provide the students with basic understanding of behaviour and principles of computer networks, with special emphasis on network architecture and protocols forming contemporary Internet. The course mainly focuses on general principles rather than the technologies currently used.
Graduate will understand the standardized network architecture model (ISO/OSI model) and its modification used in contemporary computer networks (TCP/IP model).
Graduate will have a good orientation in basic network protocols used in contemporary computer networks.
Graduate will understand basic principles of addressing, routing and switching in IP networks, he or she will be able to design a simple computer network.
Graduate will understand the behavior of UDP and TCP protocols in IP networks.
Graduate will understand requirements of individual applications and application classes, which they have on the computer network and its quality. He or she will also obtain a basic orientation in parameters defining quality of service.
  • Computer networks' architecture, connection-oriented and connectionless networks, network models (ISO/OSI, TCP/IP) and network examples. Internet as a network of networks. Network protocols, standardization.
  • Overview of physical and data link layers' services -- signals, transport media, media access control, building L2 networks.
  • Network layer -- services, interaction with L2 layer, addressing, Internet protocols IPv4 and IPv6, local (LAN) and wide area (WAN) networks. Routing mechanisms, common routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, BGP), autonomous systems, multicast.
  • Transport layer -- services, UDP and TCP protocols, mechanisms of ensuring transmissions' reliability. Quality of service.
  • Application layer -- kinds of network applications (client-server vs. peer-to-peer model), applications' requirements on computer networks. Examples of selected applications (e.g., DNS, HTTP/WWW, multimedia applications).
    recommended literature
  • HUNT, Craig. Konfigurace a správa sítí TCP/IP. Translated by Jiří Veselský. Vyd. 1. Praha: Computer Press, 1997. xvi, 456. ISBN 8072260243. info
  • KUROSE, James F. Computer networking : a top-down approach featuring the Internet. 3rd ed. Boston: Addison-Wesley, 2005. xviv, 821s. ISBN 0321269764. info
    not specified
  • PETERSON, Larry L. and Bruce S. DAVIE. Computer networks :a systems approach. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 1996. xxiii, 552. ISBN 1-55860-368-9. info
  • TANENBAUM, Andrew S. Computer networks. 3rd ed. London: Prentice-Hall International, 1996. xiv, 813 s. ISBN 0-13-394248-1. info
Teaching methods
Standard lecture, no drills nor home work
Assessment methods
Standard lecture, no drills nor home work during the semester. Only final exam in a written form (9 questions/subjects explicitly answered/discussed for a total of 120 points).
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2024.
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