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Communication Technology I

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Communication technology is the basis of today’s modern society, with a significant impact on our daily lives. This subject provides a detailed overview on communication technologies, from those implemented by the network user and/or application to those within the network itself and all the way to the signal emitted on the wire or in the air, hence covering all layers of the networking stack. The completion of this course together with DAT300 and additional independent studies provide the student with the necessary skills to obtain the Cisco CCNA certification.

Learning outcome

  • Fundamentals of communication networking
  • Networking challenges and protocols
  • Design principles of computer networks

  • Identify the challenges in a network
  • Evaluate and select the appropriate network technology for a given application and environment
  • Configure and troubleshoot switches and routers

General competence:
  • Understanding the fundamental technologies of communication networks
  • Understanding the theoretical and practical abilities and issues of the various layers and different protocols


This subject provides an overview of the general principles in computer networking. The communication protocols will be introduced by presenting each abstraction layers in different networking architectures (e.g., OSI and TCP/IP models). The Internet is used as an example of how a data network can be implemented.
Various physical- and datalink-layer protocols and mechanisms are described. In addition, network-layer functionalities and protocols, such as IP addressing, subnetting, and routing, are presented. Transport-layer protocols (e.g., TCP and UDP), services and functionalities, such as congestion control and flow control, are also discussed. The main protocols of the application layer (e.g., HTTP and DNS) will be overviewed.
The subject also discusses the structure and the configuration of routers and switches. Moreover, Access Control List (ACL), Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and Network Address Translation (NAT) are presented.
The lab activities are primarily based on Cisco's networking hardware and software solutions and corresponding to the first two modules of Cisco’s CCNA.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Written and oral exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam2/54 hours
Oral exam3/530 minutes
The written exam is a digital multiple choice exam.
The candidate must have passed both oral and written exams to get a final grade.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory assignments
90% of chapter tests and 100% lab assignments which are held throughout the semester must be approved before granting access to the oral and written exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Gianfranco Nencioni , Naeem Khademi
Course teacher
Ravishankar Bhaskarrao Borgaonkar , Tuan Williams
Head of Department
Tom Ryen

Method of work

In total 8 hours per week including lectures, group work, laboratory exercises, assignments.

Open to

Students enrolled on bachelor programme in Computer Science at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 18.09.2020