S-38.2188 Communication Networks

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Period III; 2008


The objective of the course is that students have a good basic knowledge of computer networks, specifically IP networks.


Lectures held mondays 12-14 in S1 and wednesdays 12-14 in S1

Day Topic Lecturer Approximate book chapter
21.1. Introduction Jouni Karvo 1, 4.1, 4.2
23.1. Link layer review and LAN technologies Jouni Karvo 5.1-5.6, 6.1-6.3
28.1. Interconnecting networks Jouni Karvo 4.3-4.4, 5.6-5.9
30.1. Routing in the internet Jouni Karvo 4
4.2. IPv6, Multicast Jouni Karvo 4.4.4, 4.7
6.2. Transport layer in the Internet Markus Peuhkuri 3.1-3.4
11.2. TCP mechanisms I Markus Peuhkuri 3.5-3.8
13.2. TCP mechanisms II Markus Peuhkuri
18.2. Quality of Service (QoS) in the Internet Jouni Karvo 7.5-7.10
20.2. Name service (DNS), network management Jouni Karvo 2.5, 9
25.2. Security Markus Peuhkuri 8
27.2. changed time: 14-16 hall S4 Applications I Markus Peuhkuri 2, 7.1-7.4
3.3. same time, changed place: hall S3 Applications II Markus Peuhkuri  

Passing the course

For successfully passing the course you need to The exercises give a maximum of two points that are added to the exam points before grading. They are not, however, added if the exam points alone are not enough for passing.


See the exercise page for more information about the exercises.


The exams consist of five questions. The first one expects you to spell out and explain acronyms, abbreviations or concepts - the basic vocabulary of computer networking. The remaining questions are in essay form. Please get acquainted to the essay form before coming to the exam.

The exam schedule can be found on the official exam lists of the faculty here.

Prerequisites and correspondence

The course prerequisite is one of the following courses

The course corresponds to the courses T-110.350 Computer Networks or T-110.4100 Computer Networks. Please take only one of these.

Course material

The course book
James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross: Computer networking - A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet, 3rd ed., Addison Wesley, 2005.
Other material
Some additional material will be delivered via the lecture notes. You can order them from Edita Opetusmonisteet.
As the course book gives good explanations on the topics, lecture slides will not be delivered. Consider the slides as crutches for the lecturers, not as studying material.


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