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EDA344 - Computer communication
Datakommunikation
 
Syllabus adopted 2021-01-23 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKDAT
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Main field of study: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering
Department: 37 - COMPUTER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING


Teaching language: English
Application code: 49130
Open for exchange students: Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Laboratory 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    
0214 Examination 5,5 c Grading: TH   5,5 c   16 Mar 2022 pm J,  31 May 2022 am J,  15 Aug 2022 pm J

In programs

MPEES EMBEDDED ELECTRONIC SYSTEM DESIGN, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)
MPSOF SOFTWARE ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPHPC HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTER SYSTEMS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)
TKITE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, Year 2 (elective)
TKITE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, Year 3 (elective)
TKAUT AUTOMATION AND MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING, Year 3 (elective)
TKELT ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING, Year 3 (compulsory elective)

Examiner:

Marina Papatriantafilou

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Eligibility

General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

The student should have good understanding of computer organization (course EDA452 "Introduction to computer engineering" or equivalent). A course in programming (e.g. Java or C) is a prerequisite. Knowledge of basic probability theory (random variables) and elementary graph theory (shortest paths) can be an advantage, but can also be acquired during the course via complementary reading.

Aim

Computer networks are becoming an inherent and increasingly important part of many technical areas today. This course focuses on the parts of data communication that practicing engineers normally will encounter in their daily work. It is a basic course which offers an introductory presentation of data communication and computer networks.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

01. show basic knowledge and skills in the field of data communications and computer networks,
02. show good knowledge of reference models for computer communication in terms of function, services and protocols.
03. apply knowledge of reference models to gain understanding on the construction and use of various computer networks and protocols. 
04. show good knowledge of the TCP / IP model and the Internet's structure and architecture
05. show good knowledge of the principles, protocols and standards that TCP / IP-based networks and their applications are based on. 
06. prepare a basic IP addressing plan for an intranet.
07. show good understanding of the Internet's possibilities and  limitations with respect to service warranties in connection with evolving needs and services.
08. explain how different types of computer networks are constructed relative to the transmission medium's characteristics, bandwidth requirements, coding methods and functions for error and flow control.
09. seek deeper knowledge of the individual standards and protocols in the data communication field.
10. implement a simple application-layer protocol starting from its specification and applying communication through sockets.
11. show basic practical skills in the configuration of local networks.

Content

In the study of protocols, we start with application level protocols enabling students to start with more familiar paradigms in the context of applications that we use regularly. Moving to lower layers later on, we have the possibility to gradually uncover network services, their functionality and the ease/difficulty for achieving them. Topics covered include: networking applications, content distribution, HTTP, SMTP, TCP, UDP, performance and congestion analysis, IP, switching, routing, mobile IP, local area networks, multiple access protocols (IEEE 802.X and others), wireless networks, bridges, physical media, error-detection and correction, and network security.

Organisation

Traditional lectures will be given where basic theory and important concepts are presented in order to complement and support the course textbook. Lectures are given every week. As a complement to the lectures, consultation sessions will be offered. A selection of optional homework problems are given in order to provide additional insight into the course material as well as to demonstrate the level of understanding required for solving homework assignments. In the consultation sessions, teaching assistants are available to assist students with the optional homework problems. Students are encouraged to attempt these problems prior to these sessions. Students are also encouraged to attend all consultation sessions. Practical laborations are included to help students understand protocols and to practically use network equipment.

Literature

James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross, "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach", 7th Edition  (or 8th edition if available) Pearson Education.

Examination including compulsory elements

To pass the whole course, all the labs/assignments and the written exam must be passed. The final grade with scale U/3-5 is based on exam results.




The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.


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