Course syllabus

Computer Communication

ETS052, 4,5 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2015-04-10

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: D2
Elective for: F4, I4, Pi4
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course teaches the basics of computer communication and networking.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

From theory and empirical analysis be able to describe different data transfer issues.

Be able to use network tools for monitoring the data transfer in a local area network.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

the student have a basic knowledge about the Internet protocols and systems, and be able to relate to these from the perspective of his/her own use of the Internet.


The course gives an overview of the basic principles and techniques for modern data communication systems. Internet is throughout the course used as an example of network architecture. Ethernet is used as an example of a local area network. The courses describes various network entities that are necessary both for local and global communication between computers. The entities’ function and cooperation are described, as well as the functions and protocols needed for global communication across several networks.

In more detail, the course includes the following:

The basic principles of circuit- and packet-switched networks, both so called Wide Area Networks (WANs) and Local Area Networks (LANs).

Network architectures.

The OSI-model for communication and application protocols.

The functions of different protocol layers.

Network interfaces.

Transmission media


Error detection and error control

Active and passive components for networks

Internet, both the general architecture and protocols

Ethernet, IEEE 802.2 and 802.3.

WLAN IEEE 802.11

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examinaton. Laboratory lessons.

Code: 0104. Name: Examination.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written exam. Contents: Written exam. Further information: Voluntary midterm exams are given during the course. The bonus credits are valid until start of the next years course.
Code: 0204. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 1,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Laboratory work. Contents: Laboratory work.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: EITF25, ETS055, ETSF05, ETSF15

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Maria Kihl,
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