Local Area Networks

Course Description

Definition of a local area network. Protocol architecture and LAN topologies. Multiple medium access in local area networks. Multiple access control. Standards of physical layer in local area networks. Networking devices in LANs. LAN internetworking. Virtual LANs. Wireless LANs. Software-Defined Networking. Local area network management. LAN performance. Internetworking between LANs and public networks.

General Competencies

Theoretical knowledge about protocol architecture of local area networks (LANs), especially Ethernet LANs. Practical knowledge about LAN standardization and about LAN switches. Practical skills for designing and administering of local area networks, and for data traffic measurements in LANs.

Learning Outcomes

  1. define the basic concepts of LANs
  2. estimate the important parameters of local area networks (LANs)
  3. solve the problem in LANs
  4. analyze the problem
  5. categorize existing ideas and give a new solution
  6. compare of quality of solutions

Forms of Teaching


Teaching is organized through two teaching cycles. The first cycle includes seven weeks of classes and ends with a mid-term exams, while the second cycle includes six weeks of classes and ends with a final examination.

Laboratory Work

Laboratory work is carried out through three cycles, which include three parts (Linux OS, Packet Tracer software and Software-Defined Networking (SDN)). Laboratory ends with laboratory exam.

Grading Method

By decision of the Faculty Council, in the academic year 2019/2020. the midterm exams are cancelled and the points assigned to that component are transferred to the final exam, unless the teachers have reassigned the points and the grading components differently. See the news for each course for information on knowledge rating.
Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Laboratory Exercises 0 % 25 % 0 % 25 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 25 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 25 %
Final Exam: Oral 25 %
Exam: Written 50 % 50 %
Exam: Oral 25 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. Course information; Introduction to LANs
  2. Introduction to LANs (cont.); Ethernet basics
  3. Ethernet basics (cont.)
  4. Ethernet networks: 100-BASE, G-BASE, 10GbE
  5. LANs: networking
  6. Switched LANs
  7. Switched LANs (cont.)
  8. Exam
  9. Exam
  10. Virtual LANs: Applications and Concepts; Wireless LANs
  11. Wireless LANs (cont.)
  12. Software-Defined Networking
  13. Network management (SNMP)
  14. Network performance: LANs
  15. Exam

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
Computer Engineering (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Information Processing (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)
Telecommunication and Informatics (module)
Elective Courses (6. semester)


Rich Seifert; Jim Edwards (2008.), The All-New Switch Book, Wiley
Gilbert Held (2003.), Ethernet Networks, John Wiley & Sons
Charles E. Spurgeon (2000.), Ethernet: The Definitive Guide, O Reilly

Laboratory exercises


ID 34332
  Summer semester
L1 English Level
L1 e-Learning

Grading System

85 Excellent
75 Very Good
65 Good
40 Acceptable