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Computer networking I

Individual course

During this course the student will:

  • get fundamental knowledge about computer communications;
  • understand the concepts of addressing and routing;
  • practice building and configuring a realistic small home/office network;
  • become familiar with Internet protocols: TCP/IP, Ethernet, HTTP, DNS, etc.
  • be able to identify the basic elements of a computer network and explain their functions;
  • get a clear overview of existing and future Internet technologies

Course contents

Computer networks and the internet:

  • Introduction to data communications
  • Layering and protocol architectures
  • Physical layer fundamentals

Link layer and local area networks:

  • Link layer and error control
  • LAN fundamentals
  • MAC techniques
  • Ethernet

Network layer and routing:

  • Internet layer protocols
  • IP addressing
  • Forwarding

Transport layer:

  • Transport layer protocols
  • Flow control
  • Congestion control
  • POSIX Sockets

Application layer:

  • Application layer protocols
  • HTTP
  • FTP
  • Remote shell

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student will be able to design, develop, configure and maintain a small home or office network. Furthermore, the student will understand the basic concepts of networking applications design and development.

Course material

Lecture notes, slides and other complementary materials.

Lecture recordings and other materials are available on the course platform.


The course will primarily be based on flexible self-studying.

Completion methods

Homeworks and an exam. For FITech students, flexible mechanisms are pursued.

More information in the Tampere University study guide.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

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Responsible teacher

Tampere University
Juha Vihervaara

Further information about courses and studying

Tampere University
Mikko Valkama, 5G coordinator

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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ICT Studies
5G technology,
Industrial internet
Course code:
0 €
Teaching period:
Application deadline:
Application period has ended
Host university:
Tampere University
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
Teaching methods:
General prerequisites:
Basic understanding of telecom networks and programming are beneficial.
Study suitable for:
For all who want to understand the basics of computer networks and Internet.
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