252-0064-00L  Computer Networks

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersA. Perrig, A. Singla
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


252-0064-00 VComputer Networks4 hrs
Mon14:15-16:00ML D 28 »
Fri10:15-12:00ML D 28 »
A. Perrig, A. Singla
252-0064-00 UComputer Networks2 hrs
Tue16:15-18:00ML H 44 »
16:15-18:00RZ F 21 »
Thu14:15-16:00HG D 7.2 »
A. Perrig, A. Singla

Catalogue data

AbstractThis introductory course on computer networking takes a top-down view from networked applications all through the physical layer.
ObjectiveStudents will get a comprehensive overview of the key protocols and the architecture of the Internet, as one example of more general principles in network design. Students will also acquire hands-on experience in programming different aspects of a computer networks. Apart from the state-of-the-art in networking practice, students will explore the rationale for the design choices that networks in the past have made, and where applicable, why these choices may no longer be ideal.
Lecture notesThe slides for each lecture will be made available through the course Web page, along with additional reference material.
LiteratureComputer Networking: A Top-Down Approach, James F. Kurose and Keith W. Ross. Pearson; 7th edition (May 6, 2016)
Prerequisites / NoticeThe bonus projects use C programming. ETH courses in the Bachelor track before this course already cover this. For other students, e.g., exchange, please take note of this requirement: you can still take the course and get a good (even 6/6) grade, but if you don't fulfill this prerequisite, you are disadvantaged compared to others who can get the bonus points.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits7 credits
ExaminersA. Singla, A. Perrig
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThe course will offer two optional programming assignments, roughly spaced evenly through the semester, which can, taken together, contribute a bonus of 0.25 grade point to the course grade.
No additional materials permitted.

The exam might take place at a computer.
Written aidsNone
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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