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Communication Networks I

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Course Unit Code440-2207/02
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated4 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Optional
Level of Course Unit *First Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
MIC26Ing. Libor Michalek, Ph.D.
MAC24Ing. Petr Machník, Ph.D.
The subject Communication Networks is oriented on an overview of all important developing network technologies for the transmission of various types of information like voice, data, video or multimedia information. It includes circuit-switched and packet-switched networks. An attention is also dedicated to optical transmission networks that create an inseparable part of a network communication infrastructure, various network procedures for a connection establishment with the specified service quality and fundamentals of the network management. It is also interested in LAN networks, WAN networks, Internet, access networks and various wireless technologies.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
To understand the concept and principle of communication networks, including methods of data transmission.

Learning outcomes are set so that the students are able to identify, apply and solve tasks in the field of communication networks.
Course Contents
1) Telecommunication networks attributes, communication model, signaling, methods of signal switching.
2) OSI reference model and its layers.
3) TCP/IP protocol model and its layers, IP, TCP, and UDP.
4) LAN networks - LAN protocol stack, media access methods in LANs, network topologies, Ethernet.
5) Transport networks - PDH (Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy), SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy), DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing), used network devices.
6) IP WAN networks, pure IP WAN networks, HDLC and PPP, leased lines.
7) Internet - structure of Internet. Cloud computing.
8) Access networks (conceptions) - xDSL, DOCSIS.
9) Advanced technologies in the access networks - DVB-RCS, IPTV, FTTx, PON.
10) Wireless networks (conceptions) - WiFi, WiMAX, DECT. GPS.
11) Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN) - Bluetooth, Zigbee, ANT+.
12) Mobile technologies of the 2nd generation - GSM. Mobile technologies of the 3rd generation - IMT-2000, CDMA 2000, W-CDMA UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA.
13) Mobile technologies of the 4th generation - Rel.99-Rel.10 SAE/EPS, LTE. Future and visions in mobile networks (Rel.11 and Rel.12).
14) Data standards in the health care - HL7, ISO/IEC 11073.

1) Safety in laboratories. Basic information about the subject and its classification.
2) Multimedial presentation of RM OSI.
3) Laboratory work - xDSL technology.
4) Laboratory work - WiFi technology.
5) Laboratory work - VoIP technology.
6) Test nr.1.
7) Laboratory work - Computer networks.
8) Laboratory work - GSM technology.
9) Laboratory work - Access networks.
10) Laboratory work - Passive optical networks.
11) Laboratory work - Testing of mobile phones.
12) Laboratory work - Throughput and delay measurement in data networks.
13) Test nr. 2.
14) Reserve term for tests and labs.

Protocol from the measurement of voice quality in VoIP.
Protocol from the testing of mobile phones.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
MACHNÍK, Petr, MICHALEK, Libor. Telecommunication Networks. Ostrava: Vysoká škola báňská - Technická univerzita Ostrava, 2011.
OLIFER, Natalia, OLIFER, Victor. Computer Networks: Principles, Technologies and Protocols for Network Design. Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, 2006. 973 s. ISBN 0470869828.
MACHNÍK Petr, MICHALEK, Libor. Základy telekomunikačních sítí pro integrovanou výuku VUT a VŠB-TUO. Ostrava: Vysoká škola báňská - Technická univerzita Ostrava, 2014. ISBN 978-80-248-3626-3.
OLIFER, Natalia, OLIFER, Victor. Computer Networks: Principles, Technologies and Protocols for Network Design. Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, 2006. 973 s. ISBN 0470869828.
Recommended Reading:
BATES, R. J. Broadband telecommunications handbook. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2002. ISBN 0-07-139851-1.
MIR, Nader F. Computer and communication networks. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2015. ISBN 9780133814743.
BLUNÁR, Karol, DIVIŠ, Zdeněk. Telekomunikační sítě, 1.díl. Ostrava: VŠB-TU Ostrava, 2003. ISBN 80-248-0391-7.
BLUNÁR, Karol, DIVIŠ, Zdeněk. Telekomunikační sítě, 2.díl. Ostrava: VŠB-TU Ostrava, 2006. ISBN 80-248-1077-8.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Experimental work in labs
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined