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 possesses basic knowledge in the theory of network security.
  • 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.
  • The candidate is capable of evaluating basic network security measures and can implement them.

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 networks and network security.

Objectives:  After completion of the course, the students:

  • Will have knowledge of the most used standards and protocols for data communication.
  • Will understand the principles of network security.


  • Basics of computer networks
  • Application layer (HTTP, SMTP, DNS)
  • Transport layer (TCP, UDP)
  • Network layer (IP, ICMP, routing)
  • IPv4 Network addressing including IPv4 NAT
  • IPv6 Network addressing
  • Data link and physical layer (Ethernet, MAC, ARP)
  • Basics of network security, including applied cryptography
  • Authentication in networks (Kerberos)
  • Firewalls
  • Network Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Switching (VLANs)
  • Routing Concepts (static and dynamic)
  • Routing protocols (RIP, OSPF)
  • Network services (DHCP, NAT)

Teaching Methods

Group works

Teaching Methods (additional text)

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

Form(s) of Assessment

Portfolio Assessment

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

The exam consists of three parts.
 Part 1:  Electronically Exam (25 points) based on CCNA R&S Module 1 and 2
 Part 2:  Practical Exam, Network Exercise based on a Simulation-Software Task (e.q. Packet Tracer) (25 points)
 Part 3:  Written exam (1) network security (25 points) and (2) subnetting (25 points)

All sub-parts must be passed (>=40%) to pass the course

Conversion from 100-point scale to A-F scale according to recommended conversion table. In specific circumstances, emneansvarlig can slightly adjust the limits in the conversion table to enforce compatibility with the qualitative descriptions on the A-F scale.

It is possible for those students willing to get the voucher for getting the CCNA R&S Certificate, 
 do the CCNA Final Exam as an additional exam. This will not be part of the grade of this course

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)

The exam consists of several parts, the course responsible will define at the beginning of the course which part of the exam shall be graded by the external sensor

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

Re-sit examination

Single Parts of the exam can be re-taken again.

Skill Tests and Projects cannot be retaken. These parts have to be repeated in the next study year

Examination support


Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

CISCO R&S 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).

William Stallings: Cryptography and Network Security: Principles and Practice 6 Ed. (recommended background material).

Replacement course for


Additional information

During this course practical Lab exercises will done by the students under supervision in the Cisco Lab (NetAcad)