Syllabus for Computer Networks I

Datakommunikation I

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1DT052
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Computer Science G1F, Technology G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-03-16
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2011-04-28
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 15, 2011
  • Entry requirements: At least 15 credits in math and 30 credits in computer science, including Programming 10 credits and Computer Architecture 5 credits or the equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Information Technology

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course, the students should be able to:

  • Explain in a concise manner how the Internet is constructed and functions.

  • Reason about design choices at different layers in the TCP/IP protocol stack.

  • Use standard tools to debug a network path.

  • Theorize about establishing and maintaining communication at different levels of abstraction.

  • Identify and discuss usual security issues regarding computer network protocols and applications.


The course is divided into a theoretical (3 credits) and a practical part (2 credits).

Theoretical part consists of introduction to Internetworking, communicating applications, data transport, core Internet protocols (TCP, UDP, IP, ICMP), introduction to routing and forwarding, Ethernet and other physical technologies, common tools for network debugging, and introduction to data security

Practical part consists of exploring the network, data transport in practise, and setting up a small network


Supervised group work
Exercise sessions
Computer labs


The assessment in the theory section of the course consists of a combination of written and/or oral examinations.
The assessment in the practical section of the course consists of assignments and oral examinations.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 18, 2011

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Kurose, James F.; Ross, Keith W. Computer networking : a top-down approach

    5th ed., international ed.: Boston, Mass.: Pearson, cop. 2010

    Find in the library