Computer Networks
Study plans 2016-2017 - IMT2006 - 10 ECTS


no prerequisits

On the basis of

"Introduction to IT-Operations and Information Security" and "Mathematics for Computer Science" 

Expected learning outcomes

 - The candidate possesses thorough knowledge of models, services and protocols in data communication networks.
 - The candidate is capable of applying his/her knowledge in the field of data networks.

 - The candidate knows relevant methods and terminology in the area of data communications.
 - The candidate is capable of performing basic network administration tasks.

General competence:
 - The candidate is capable of working independently and in groups in the field of data communication.
 - The candidate is capable of designing, analyzing, and performing maintenance on basic computer networks.

 After completion of the course, the students:
 - Will have knowledge of the most used standards and protocols for data communication.
 - Will understand the basic principles of computer networks.


Basics of computer networks
 The topics covered could include, but are not limited, to:
 - Data link and physical layer (e.g. Ethernet)
 - Network layer (e.g. IP, ICMP, routing)
 - Network addressing (e.g. IP addressing)
 - Transport layer (e.g. TCP, UDP)
 - Application layer (e.g. HTTP, SMTP, DNS)
 - Switching (VLANs)
 - Routing Concepts and protocols (e.g. RIP, OSPF, EIGRP)
 - Access Control Lists (ACL)
 - Network services (e.g. DHCP, NAT)
 - LAN Redundancy (e.g. STP)
 - Link Aggregation (e.g. EtherChannel)

Teaching Methods

Group works

Teaching Methods (additional text)

 Self Study
 Laboratory work (attendance in Gjøvik is mandatory!)

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 5 hours

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)


Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Evaluated by internal examiner, external examiner is used periodically (every five years, next time in 2017/2018)

Alternatively to the external grading an external supervisor can evaluate the course structure, course content and the content of the exams. 

Re-sit examination

Re-sit examiniation in August.

Tillatte hjelpemidler

Code D: No printed or hand-written support material is allowed. A specific basic calculator is allowed.
Read more about permitted examination aids.

Coursework Requirements

4 mandatory assignments must be approved before the student is allowed to take the written exam.

Teaching Materials

CISCO NetAcademy teaching materials.

Handout articles.

Kurose, J. and Ross, K.W. (2008): Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, sixth edition. Addison- Wesley (recommended background material).

Replacement course for


Additional information

It will be possible for students to take selected CCNA module exams corresponding to the course curriculum to get CISCO vouchers for later external CISCO certifications (not handled by NTNU). Please note that this arrangement is subject to CISCO’s certification policies and might change accordingly. Furthermore, the results of the module exams do not count with respect to this course’s grading.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
 One-year study programme in Computer Science (ÅRINF)
 Bachelor in IT Operations and Information Security (BITSEC)