**IMPORTANT**

**OBJECTIVES**

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of computer networking, using the Internet and its protocols and applications as an example.

**CONTENTS**

Data communication basics, wired and wireless LANs, ISP networks, internetworking, TCP/IP protocol stack, networking applications, network security.

**IMPLEMENTATION**

**LITERATURE**

**PRELIMINARY KNOWLEDGE**

N/A

**VOLUME**

5.0 op (3.0 ov)

**LECTURES**

Old lectures are available as self-study material in Optima:

**LABORATORY EXERCISES**

**PROBLEM SOLVING SESSIONS**

**COURSE WORK**

**RESOURCES**

**Optima**

**TEACHING PERSONNEL**

**PASSING THE COURSE**

To pass the course you need to:

1) Score at last 10/30 points in the final exam or accumulate at least 10/30 points from the intermediate exams taken during lectures. These two alternatives are not mutually exclusive, i.e. you can go for both approaches.

2) Submit an approved course work, which contributes 0-4 points towards your point total.

3) Participate in 4 voluntary laboratory exercises. Each successfully completed laboratory exercise contributes 1 point towards your point total.

4) May get max 2.0 points from group size (see group dynamics).

5) Accumulate at least 13 points in total. In other words, if you accumulate say 10 points from the intermediate exams or the final exam, you need to score at least 3 points elsewhere to pass the course.

Points from exams (10+), labs and course work carry over to future years, if you do not pass the course this time.

**GRADING**

Point total =

points from final exam or intermediate exams (10-30) +

points from course work (0-4) +

points from laboratory exercises (0-4) +

points from group size (0-2).

Final course grade is based on point total as follows:

13.0 -> 1 (32.5% of maximum 40 points)

17.0 -> 2

21.0 -> 3

25.0 -> 4

29.0 -> 5 (72.5% of maximum 40 points)

**GROUP DYNAMICS**

The course employs group dynamics to stimulate the more efficient learning methodologies with higher retention rates than traditional lectures. Students form groups of 3-4 students, which study together. The group does problem solving sessions, labs and course work together. Forming of groups is awarded by bonus points based on group's participation in intermediate exams: a 4-student group can accumulate max 2 bonus points, while a 3-student group can accumulate max 1 bonus point. These bonus points do contribute towards the minimum amount of 10 exam points required for passing the course. The bonus points do contribute towards the minimum of 13 total points required for passing the course. See Optima for further information and statistics from previous courses.

Detailed schedule is available in Optima.