Course: Computer Networks I

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Course title Computer Networks I
Course code KID/PXS1P
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Drvota Zdeněk, Ing.
Course content
Rise and evolution of the computer networks, taxonomy, topology. Theory of information, basic terminology, channel, coding, modulation. Properties of real transmission path, bandwidth, media overview. Data transfer over network, connection-less transfer, store-and-forward method, datagram. Complex systems, system decomposition, subsystems, layers, communication functions, methods, protocols. Reference model OSI, layer names and functions. Node address, addressing methods. Impact of load, congestion, flow control. Data integrity, error detection, error correction methods. Channel sharing, multiplexing, TDM, CDM. multiple media access methods overview. TCP/IP network architecture, philosophy, TCP/IP to OSI comparison, layers, protocols, standards, organisation. Network layer, IP protocol, IP address, classes, address arithmetic. Class-less addressing, mask, subnets and supernets. Routing, routers, routing tables, routing protocols. Data link layer, IP to MAC address conversion, ARP and RARP protocols. Consequence of limited packet size, MTU, fragmentation and de-fragmentation. Transport layer, TCP and UDP protocols, ports, packet life time, TTL. Distributed application, network services. Compatibility in the heterogeneous environment, XDR and RPC protocols. LAN networks, purpose, evolution, Ethernet, IEEE 802.3. Access control, CSMA/CD with exponential backoff, collision domain. Link layer addressing, MAC address, broadcast address, broadcast domain. Active network devices, transceiver, hub, switch, router. Principle of switch function, configurable switches, virtual LAN. Backbones, MAN technologies, FDDI, ATM. Synchronous and asynchronous communication, RS 232, modem, AT commands, fixed and dialup lines, SLIP and PPP protocols. Transparency for binary data, character and bit oriented protocols. WAN technologies, Frame Relay, ISDN, xDSL, cable modems. Domain addressing, DNS, static and dynamic IP address allocation, DHCP. Sharing data methods, FTP, NFS. Network printing, LPR. Network security, types of threats, attack methods, protection methods. Ciphering, SSH, access lists, firewall. User mobility, wireless networks. Vehicle networks, CAN, MIL-1553.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Skills training, Laboratory work, Stimulating activities (simulation, games, drama)
Learning outcomes
The course introduces fundamental concepts of the computer communication networks and their protocols, laying the foundation for advanced courses (Computer Networks II-IV). An emphasis will be placed on the layered network architectures, TCP/IP protocols and Ethernet technology. Students have an opportunity to gain the essential skills in the CNA (Cisco Networking Academy) lab. To continue in Computer Networks II-IV students should graduate in the CCNA class.
CCNA1 completion of the course is a prerequisite for continuing to follow-up courses Počítačové sítě II to IV (Computer Networks II to IV). Graduate Course Series Computer Networks I to IV acquires internationally recognized certificates of completion of Cisco Networking Academy.
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Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, Didactic test, Systematic monitoring

Given assignment confirms that a student has attended lessons to the extent required and fulfilled qualified requirements. Conditions for credit are: active work at labs, min. 80% presence, passing the CNA (Cisco Networking Academy) CCNA1 class. Form, contents and length of the exam are determined in accordance with Study and Examining Rules of University of Pardubice. The exam consists of two parts, a written test and a theoretical exam. Student passes successfully the written test as well as the theoretical part of the exam if he/she obtains at minimum 50% of possible points in each part.
Recommended literature
  • Cisco Networking Academy Program: CCNA 1 and 2 Lab Companion. USA: Cisco Press, 2003. ISBN 1587131110.
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  • Comer, D. E. Internetworking with TCP/IP vol. I, Principles, protocols, and architecture.- 4th edition. Prentice Hall, 2000. ISBN 0-13-018380-6.
  • Lammle, T. Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide. USA: Sybex, 2003. ISBN 0-7821-2647-2.
  • Lammle, T. Mistrovství v počítačových sítích. Praha: Grada, 2003.
  • Naik, D. C. INTERNET standardy a protokoly. Brno: Computer Press, 1999. ISBN 8072261460.
  • Odom, Wendell. Počítačové sítě bez předchozích znalostí. Brno: CP Books, 2005. ISBN 80-251-0538-5.
  • Pužmanová, Rita. Moderní komunikační sítě od A do Z : [technologie pro datovou, hlasovou a multimediální komunikaci]. Brno: Computer Press, 2006. ISBN 80-251-1278-0.
  • Tanenbaum, A. S. Computer networks - 4th ed. Prentice Hall, 2003. ISBN 0-13-066102-3.
  • Velte, T. J., Velte, A. T. Síťové technologie CISCO- velký průvodce. Brno: Computer Press, 2003. ISBN 8072268570.

Study plans that include the course
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