COMMUNICATION NETWORKS A
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course offers an introduction to the networking, presenting the concept of network architectures and protocols, Local and Wide Area Networks (LAN/MAN), Internet and its evolution towards new generation networks.
Course contents summary
1) Introduction to telecommunication networks
2)Architectures and protocols
layered architectures, interneworking
communication functions and protocols (multiplexing, framing, addressing and switching/routing, error control, flow control, congestion control, etc.)
examples of protocols
OSI model and Internet
Local Area Networks (LAN)
switched Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet
WirelessLAN (IEEE 802.11)
Internet protocol (IP)
trasport protocols (UDP/TCP)
Internet evolution, IPv6, mobility
 A. S. Tanenbaum, "Computer Networks", 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003
 D. E. Comer, "Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture", 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2000
 J. F. Kurose, K. W. Ross, “Internet and Computer Networks”, 2nd Edition (2003), McGraw-Hill
Two examination tests (midterm and final), or writing/oral exam.
Examples and exercises on various topics.