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Computer Networks

Code: EIC0032     Acronym: RCOM

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Operating Systems and Networks

Instance: 2015/2016 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Course/CS Responsible: Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
MIEIC 134 Syllabus since 2009/2010 3 - 6 56 162

Teaching - Hours

Lectures: 2,00
Recitations: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Lectures Totals 1 2,00
Manuel Alberto Pereira Ricardo 2,00
Recitations Totals 7 14,00
Manuel Alberto Pereira Ricardo 6,00
Ana Cristina Costa Aguiar 8,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Provide the students with basic training in Computer Networks - knowledge of the essential architectural concepts and principles, the more used technologies and solutions and also the main standards. Furthermore, the student must be capable of analyzing and evaluating the performance of different types of systems and communication networks.

Learning outcomes and competences

The student should be able to: a) understand and explain the main concepts of computer networks; b) select, compare and use the main technologies of computer networks; c) implement, configure and evaluate key mechanisms and components of computer networks.


Working method



Introduction to computer networks. Transmission and data communication techniques. Data link control. Models for performance evaluation. Medium access control. LANs. Internet. Routing. Congestion control. Applications.

Mandatory literature

Andrew S. Tanenbaum, David J. Wetherall; Computer Networks, 5/E, Prentice Hall, 2011. ISBN: ISBN-10: 0132126958

Complementary Bibliography

Dimitri Bertsekas, Robert Gallager; Data Networks, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall International, 1992. ISBN: 0-13-200916-1
Peterson, Larry L.; Computer Networks. ISBN: 978-0-12-374013-7
Stevens, W. Richard; TCP/IP illustrated. ISBN: 0-201-63346-9
Stallings, William; Data and Computer Communications. ISBN: 0-13-243310-9
James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross; Computer Networking - a Top-Down Approach, 5th Edition, Pearson, 2010. ISBN: 0-13-607967-9

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical classes are dedicated to the formal exposition of contents, including problems’ solving to illustrate and discuss cases. In laboratory classes the students will carry out two assignments to get acquainted with the development of communications protocols: a data link protocol, and planning and configuration of a computer network.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 60,00
Trabalho laboratorial 40,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 50,00
Frequência das aulas 56,00
Trabalho laboratorial 56,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Grades given in a scale from 0 to 20 valores.

L1 - grade of 1st lab

L2 - grade of 2nd lab

H - grade of homeworks


FQ = 0,4*L1 + 0,4*L2 + 0,2*H

if ( FQ < 8,0 ) FQ = "No Admission to Exams"

Calculation formula of final grade

Grades given in a scale from 0 to 20 valores.

E - grade of final exam



CF = 0,4*FQ + 0,6*E

if ( E < 8,0 ) CF = E

Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

The special evaluation students can choose to do laboratory assignments, following identical conditions as the ordinary students, or to do an individual assignment done out of the normal period of classes, according to the specific aims proposed for each case.

Classification improvement

The classification of the laboratory component can be improved in the next ocurrence of the course and it is used on the final classification calculus in both exams – normal and re-sit one.

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