Course details

Data Communications, Computer Networks and Protocols (in English)

PDSe Acad. year 2022/2023 Summer semester 5 credits

Current academic year

Active network devices and their function. IP routing. Network security and detection of networking attacks. VoIP communication. Network management and monitoring. Transport and application layer security. P2P networks. Blockchain.


Language of instruction




Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures
  • 13 hrs laboratories
  • 13 hrs projects

Assessment points

  • 55 pts final exam (30 pts written part, 25 pts oral part)
  • 12 pts labs
  • 21 pts projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Understand principles of network communication and architecture of advanced network services. Be aware of security risks and get acquainted with tools for detection an mitigation of security incidents.
Understanding communication principles in current computer networks.

Learning objectives

Understand basic principles of network communication. Security of network communication. Deep analysis of selected network traffic, detection of attacks. Network monitoring and troubleshooting. Security and privacy in communication. Modern communication technologies.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basics of computer networks, IP addressing, network services: WWW, DHCP, DNS. Principles of Internet. Basic Unix configuration. Fundamentals of programming.

Study literature

  • Kurose, J.F., Ross, K. W: Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, Edition 8. Addison-Wesley, 2021. 
  • Andrew Tanenbaum, David Wetherall: Computer Networks, Pearson; Global edition, 2021.
  • George Varghese. Network Algorithmics. Elsevier, Inc., 2005. 

Fundamental literature

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction to IP networking. Basic configuration of network devices.
  2. Static and dynamic routing. Routing algorithms.
  3. IPv6 networking and tunneling.
  4. L2 network security.
  5. Privacy and anonymity on the Internet.
  6. Network security: algorithms, encryption, hashes, certificates.
  7. Packet classification. IP address lookup.
  8. Intrusion detection.
  9. Network monitoring. NTP, syslog, SNMP and NetFlow.
  10. Principles of DNS. DNS security (DNSSEC, DoT, DoH).
  11. SDN Networking.
  12. Bitcoin protocol, blockchain.
  13. Summary.

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

  1. Network configuration. Capturing and analyzing network traffic.
  2. Static and dynamic routing.
  3. Configuration of IPv6 networks. IPv6 over IPv4.
  4. Privacy and anonymity on Internet.
  5. Encryption techniques using OpenSSL.
  6. Network monitoring using SNMP and Netflow.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  • Design, modeling and implementation of a network application.

Progress assessment

  • Project - 21 points 
  • Hands-on Labs - 12 points
  • In-class Activity - 12 points
  • Final exam for 55 points is performed in the oral form (30 points) and the written form (25 points). To pass the exam, the minimum 15 points is required for the oral exam.

Controlled instruction

Active participation in hands-on labs, project assignment, and final exam are the monitored, and points earning an education. The minimal number of points that can be obtained from the oral part of the final exam is 15. Otherwise, no points will be assigned to a student.

Course inclusion in study plans

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