RAE348 Telecommunications and Computer Networks

Code RAE348
Name Telecommunications and Computer Networks
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Electronics and Telecommunications
Academic staff Oļģerts Belmanis
Credit points 3.0 (4.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The objective of the course is to make students understand the development of the Internet together with essential telecommunications network. It will begin with a historical perspective through analysis of the development on the Internet (TCP/IP), email (SMTP) and voice over IP. Difference between switching and routing processes on the telecommunications network and Internet. Open system interconnection reference model and TCP/IP. Types of network: WAN, MAN and LAN, and their characteristic technologies, and routing protocols. Structure of routing tables. Advantages of virtual private networks. MPLS protocol and QoS. Ethernet as carrier, tunnelling. Ethernet over dark fibre. Structure of next generation network. Session initiation protocol. Cluster interconnection on GRID and CLOUD networks. .
The influence of standards and regulations on development will be included..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The goal of the course is to develop students’ theoretical knowledge and skills. These are the main outcomes of the course: - Telecommunications networks architecture, development, forecast and operations. Network maintenance and operation control. - Packet transmission (switching) network, architecture, development, forecast and operations. Network maintenance and operation control. - Advantages and disadvantages of packet networks in comparison with circuit switching networks. - Seven-layer open system interconnection reference model. Necessity and different applications of the model. - Routing processes over the Internet. Types of protocols and their operation.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Students are able to select network equipment - router or switch - depending on network. - Test
Students are able to choose suitable routing protocols. - Test and laboratory work
Students are able to check accessibility of packet destination point or to find a network unit which causes denial. - Test and laboratory work
Students are able to configure a router in the laboratory. - Laboratory work
Students are able to evaluate network architecture development processes, advantages and disadvantages and mutual impact of telecommunications and computer network development. - Test and exam.
Students are able to analyze distinction between various kinds of information transmission, for example, voice signals and data files. - Test and exam.
Course prerequisites Basic knowledge about computer facilities and teletraffic.

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