The course provides a comprehensive overview of computer networking and the Internet and covers selected advanced topics such as multimedia, quality of service, and mobility management. The course also introduces recent advances in Ethernet, WLAN and IP-based wireless sensor networks, and discusses today's Internet's challenges and Future Internet activities.
Introduction to the Internet, data communication basics, data link layer, wired LANs, wireless networks, ISP networks, network layer, transport layer, networking applications, network security, network management, multimedia and quality of service, mobility management, high speed Ethernet, carrier Ethernet, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN, today's Internet's challenges, Future Internet.
Course comprises of 5 parts:
Recommended courses include Computer Networks I, Operating Systems, Basics of Digital Communications, Telecommunications Software and Communication Networks I.
6.0 cp (3.5 cu)
Part 5: 8 hours of new lectures will be provided (see Optima for recordings).
Parts 1-4: recordings of old lectures are available as self-study material in Optima:
PROBLEM SOLVING SESSIONS
PASSING THE COURSE
To pass the course you:
1) Have to score at last 10/30 points in the final exam or in the intermediate exams taken during the course. These two alternatives are not mutually exclusive, i.e. you can go for both approaches.
2) Have to submit an approved course work, which contributes 0-4 points towards your point total.
3) May participate in 4 voluntary laboratory exercises. Each successfully completed laboratory exercise contributes max 1 point towards your point total.
4) May get max 2.0 points from group size (see group dynamics).
5) Have to 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 from the voluntary labs and/or course work 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.
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)
The course employs group dynamics to stimulate the more efficient learning methodologies with higher retention rates than traditional lectures. Students are expected to form groups of 3-4 students, which study together. The group does problem solving sessions, labs and course work together. Forming of groups is motivated by awarding 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 not 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 details.
Detailed schedule is available in Optima.