Computer Networks WS19/20


The lecture “Computer Networks” is an introduction to networks used with today’s computers. It deals mostly with the construction, the functionality and the design of local and wide area networks and protocols. On the basis of the ISO/OSI Model as a commonly used layered reference model, network and computer protocols are discussed. Media Access Control protocols of the lower layer are discussed together with network topologies with respect to their medium access mechanism. Topics of discussion include classic technologies like Ethernet as well as technologies used by internet service providers. On OSI Layer 3 and 4 (network and transport layer), the commonly encountered TCP/IP protocol is introduced and covered in detail. This builds the basis for discussing a set of application protocols based on TCP/IP such as RTP, HTTP or protocol patterns like REST as part of Seminar presentations.

In addition, the lecture presents other specialised networks applied in manufacturing or within cars such as CAN bus. The lecture is concluded by an overview and discussing data centre networks such as Infiniband used in high performance computing data centres and server farms as well as Software Defined Networking.

Current Semester

Lecture starting from 22nd October 2019 every Tuesday 12:30 - 14:00

Exercise starting from 29th October 2019 every Thursday 13:00 - 14:00

General Information

  • Lecturer

  • Institute

    Institute of Information Resource Management

  • Pre-requisits

    Basic comprehension of electrical engineering and information technology

  • Duration

    V/Ü/P/S 2/1/0/0

  • Credit points


  • Elective lecture

    For students Master Communication Technology, Elektrotechnik, Informationssystemtechnik

  • Offered in Semester

    Winter semester

  • Place

    Universität West, room 43.2.101

  • Exam

    oral at the end of the semester

  • ELearning Course

Lecture starting 22nd October 2019 | Tuesday 12:30 - 14:00

Exercise starting 29th October 2019 | Thursday 13:00 - 14:00