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Computer Networks (E)

level of course unit


Learning outcomes of course unit

Students know the principles of computer networks and their components. They understand specific
protocols, mechanisms, and algorithms on all layers of computer communication

prerequisites and co-requisites

: Courses of the previous semester successfully completed

course contents

Principles: Network Software, Network Hardware, Reference Models; The Physical Layer: Guided Transmission,
Wireless Transmission; The Data Link Layer: Framing, Error Detection, Elementary Protocols;
The MAC Sublayer: Multiple Access Protocols, Ethernet, Wireless LANs; The Network Layer: Design Issues,
Routing, Internetworking, The Network Layer in the Internet; The Transport Layer: Services, UDP, TCP;
The Application Layer: Principles, some protocols, e.g. DNS, Email, HTTP/HTTPS

recommended or required reading

- Comer, Douglas E.: Computer Networks and Internets: With Internet Applications, 6th Ed. - Upper Saddle River,
Pearson Education, 2015.
- Kurose, James F.; Ross, Keith W.: Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, 7th Ed. - Edinburgh, Pearson, 2017.
- Panko, Raymond R.; Panko, Julia A.: Business Data Networks and Security, 10th Ed. - Edinburgh, Pearson, 2015.
- Tanenbaum, Andrew S.: Computer Networks, 5th Ed. - Boston, Pearson, 2011.

assessment methods and criteria

portfolio assessment

language of instruction


number of ECTS credits allocated


eLearning quota in percent


course-hours-per-week (chw)


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentation and discussion of student tasks

semester/trimester when the course unit is delivered


name of lecturer(s)

Prof. (FH) Dr. Johannes Lüthi

year of study


recommended optional program components


course unit code


type of course unit

integrated lecture

mode of delivery


work placement(s)

not applicable