Course details

Computer Communications and Networks

IPK Acad. year 2023/2024 Summer semester 4 credits

Current academic year

Internet concept and model of the Internet. Model ISO/OSI. TCP, UDP, IP protocols. Addressing in computer networks (local and Internet). Routing on the Internet. Multicasting on the Internet. Switching and switches. Principles of reliable data transfer. Network interconnections. Multiple access. Error control. Communication services and protocols. Wireless and mobile networks and protocols. Network security. Programming network applications.


Course coordinator

Language of instruction

Czech, English


Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

  • 26 hrs lectures
  • 13 hrs projects

Assessment points

  • 60 pts final exam
  • 40 pts projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Student acquaints basic concepts and principles of computer communications and computer networks and will be aware of communication functions and their implementations in common computer networks. The student will learn how to deal with documents that describe the specification of communication protocols. The student will learn how to implement networking applications.

Learning objectives

The aim is to understand the basic concepts and principles of computer communications and computer networks; to be aware of communication functions and their implementations in common computer networks.

Why is the course taught

We use the Internet for a variety of activities in everyday life. Life without it is hard to imagine for many people. In this course, you will learn on what technical principles the Internet is built on and what key technologies are necessary for its functioning.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Ability to write a computer program in one of the following programming languages: C/C++, Python, C#, Java. Knowledge of operating systems.

Technical equipment

Volně dostupné vývojové nástroje v prostředí OS Linux. Virtualizační nástroje (Virtual Box nebo VMware).

Study literature

  • Gerry Howser. Computer Networks and the Internet: A Hands-On Approach. Springer International Publishing AG, 2019 (dostupné on-line)
  • John Goerzen, Tim Bower, Brandon Rhodes. Foundations of Python Network Programming: The comprehensive guide to building network applications with Python. Apress, 2011.

Fundamental literature

  • Kurose J.F., Ross K.W.: Computer Networking, A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (8th edition). Addison-Wesley, 2021.
  • Andrew S. Tanenbaum,Nick Feamster, David J. Wetherall. Computer Networks, 6th Edition, Pearson, 2021.
  • PETERSON, Larry L.; DAVIE, Bruce S. Computer networks: a systems approach. Elsevier, 2011.

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction to computer networks
  2. Network applications
  3. Application layer
  4. Network application programming
  5. Transport layer
  6. Network Layer I (Addressing)
  7. Network Layer II (Protocols and Communications)
  8. IPv6 protocol
  9. Multicast
  10. Routing I (Local Area Networks)
  11. Routing II (Internet)
  12. Link layer (LAN technology, Ethernet, Wifi)
  13. Recapitulation

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

  1. Implementation of a client-server communication
  2. Implementation of networking application

Progress assessment

  • Project #1 - max 20 pts.
  • Project #2 - max 20 pts.
  • The final exam - max 60 pts.

Controlled instruction

Controlled activities include two projects and the final exam.

Exam prerequisites

Requirements for class accreditation is at least 10 points for the semester.

How to contact the teacher

Quick consultations after the lecture. Regular consultations during the teacher's consultation hours. Alternatively, individually arranged consultations in person or online on the MS Teams platform.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 2nd year of study, Compulsory
  • Programme BIT (in English), 2nd year of study, Compulsory
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Compulsory
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