Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


At the end of this course, you will be able to

  • Describe the basic principles of TCP/IP model and the representative protocols at each layer
  • Use network diagnostic tools to analyze the working mechanisms and performance of networking services
  • Implement basic communications services using socket programming
  • Understand basic principles of network security: public/private key encryption, signatures, hashing, Message authentication, Email Security (PGP), securing of TCP (SSL), IPSec and VPN.
  • Be aware of the challenges to be solved by future networking technology.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.01.2019 - 03.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Stephan Sigg, Yu Xiao

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Stephan Sigg, Yu Xiao

Contact information for the course (valid 03.12.2018-21.12.2112):

If you have any questions regarding the course arrangement, please feel free to contact the teachers by email. 

Yu Xiao  (

Stephan Sigg (

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course provides a theoretical and practical basis for computer networking. Besides basic networking principles, the course provides case studies of network protocols at each layer of the OSI model. Examples include HTTP and TCP/IP for data center networking, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy for short-distance device-to-device communication, and symmetric and asymmetric encryption protocols and VPN for secure communications.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact hrs 27 h
    Individual study 79 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Published on MyCourses

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Teachers highly recommend students to learn basics in Linux before taking this course. One option is to take ELEC-A7310 Linux Basics. 

    -  Basic programming skills are needed. Students are expected to have taken at least one programming course, e.g. CS-A1113 Basics in Programming Y1. 

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