EE450/550: Principles of Networking


Telecommunication networks play a key role in the development of our society. The remote interconnection of all types of devices, ranging from personal computers, cellphones and tablets, to data centers or distributed sensors, are at the basis of many of our daily activities. In this course, the fundamental concepts of telecommunication networks will be introduced. A bottom-up layered approach will be used to explain how the performance requirements of telecommunication networks have been traditionally solved. In particular, the functionalities of the physical layer, e.g., information modulation, coding and transmission; data link layer, e.g., medium access control, error control and addressing; network layer, e.g., information routing and forwarding; transport layer, e.g., end-to-end reliable transport and QoS provisioning, and application layer, will be discussed in detail. In addition to the theoretical lectures, guided experimental assignments with advanced network simulation and monitoring tools will be conducted to better illustrate the concepts learnt in the class. This course will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to understand current data communication networks as well as to contribute to the development of next generation telecommunication systems.

Class Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Telecommunication Networks
Chapter 2: Layered Approaches to Network Design
Chapter 3: Physical Layer
Chapter 4: Data Link Layer
Chapter 5: Network Layer
Chapter 6: Transport Layer
Chapter 7: Application Layer
Chapter 8: Cross Layer Design

Prerequisites (highly recommended)

EE205: Signals and Systems
EE278: Digital Principles
EE383: Communication Systems I
EE484: Communication Systems II

Course Organization

  • Exams:
    • Midterm exam
    • Final exam

  • Homeworks:
    There will be 3 homework assignments throughout the semester, to be completed individually, which will help the students to prepare for the exams.
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  • Laboratory Project:
    There will be a laboratory project, composed by 3 guided tasks and to be completed in groups of almost 2 students, which will help the students to consolidate the concepts learnt in class.
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Grade Distribution

Laboratory Project: 20%
Homework Assignments: 20%
Midterm Exam: 25%
Final Exam: 35%

Course Materials

All the class materials will be able on UBLearns.
Text Book (recommended, not mandatory):

  • Andrew S. Tanenbaum and David J. Wetherall, "Computer Networks," 5th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.
  • James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross, "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet," 6th Edition, Pearson, 2012.
  • William Stallings, "Data and Computer Communications," 9th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.


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