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Local Area Networks

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: IITB7001
Curriculum: IT 2023
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 1 (2023-2024)
Semester: Spring
Credits: 5 cr
Responsible Teacher: Virtanen, Antti
Language of Instruction: English

Courses During the Academic Year 2023-2024

Impl.Group(s)Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
3005IT2023-1, IT2023-1A, IT2023-1B2024-01-08 – 2024-04-30Chao GaoEnglish2023-12-01 – 2024-01-12

Learning Outcomes

After the course, students gain a basic understanding how networks operate. Students learn about network components, how a network is structured, models and protocols. Students are familiar with the two major models used to plan and implement networks: OSI and TCP/IP. Students know the types of media to interconnect devices, the fundamentals of Ethernet concepts, the principles and structure of IP addressing and the network operations. Students are able to build a simple LAN, verify and troubleshoot connectivity.

Student's Workload

135 h, which contains 50 h of scheduled contact studies.

Prerequisites / Recommended Optional Courses

Digital Electronics.


Basic components of a simple network, topologies and common types of networks. Protocols and Models: OSI and TCP/IP protocol models and standards. Ethernet concepts including Physical layer, Data link layer and Ethernet switching. Communication between networks: Network layer, Address resolution, IP addressing and basics of routing. Basics of IP Addressing Services: DNS, DHCP and NAT. Verify and troubleshoot connectivity with command line tools and Wireshark.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

Forouzan, B. A., Data communications and networking, New York, McGraw-Hill, 2013, 5th International edition. Material delivered by the teacher.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Lectures, assignments, laboratory exercises.

Assessment Criteria

Grade 5: The student will understand most of the concepts discussed, will be able to apply them and is able to design, implement and test a small LAN with versatile services and is capable of demanding troubleshooting.
Grade 3: The student understands the concepts discussed in considerable part, will be able to apply them and is able to design, implement and test a small local area network with fundamental services, and is capable of troubleshooting.
Grade 1: The student understands the basic concepts of the subject treated, will be able to apply them and is able to implement and test a small local area network and is capable of simple troubleshooting.

Assessment Methods

Homework exercises, assignments, laboratory exercises, an examination.