Communication networks

lelec2920  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Communication networks
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Macq Benoît;
Main themes
  • Introduction, media access control, layered models,
  • Internet Protocol, IP routing, introduction to IPv6,
  • DNS, e-mail, common protocols,
  • Multimedia networking (streaming, VoIP, DVB),
  • Network security and advanced topics.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 With respect to the AA referrng system defined for the Master in Electrical Engineering, the course contributes to the development mastery and assessment of the following skills :
  • AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
  • AA2.1, AA2.3, AA2.4
  • AA5.1, AA5.2, AA5.3, AA5.5.
At the end of this course, the students will be able to
  • understand the architecture of communication networks,
  • identify the routing strategies which are best suited to a particular network topology,
  • understand resource management strategies allowing to guarantee a quality of service, particularly for multimedia communications,
  • design architectures allowing secure communications.
Transverse learning outcomes :
  • use a network simulation tool (Netkit),
  • configure network parameters of a Linux based system using low-level commands,
  • configure a router using a (Cisco) IOS-like syntax

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Part 1 (networking):
  • Introduction to communication networks,
  • Media Access Control, Layered models,
  • Internet Protocol, IP fragmentation,
  • UDP, TCP, ICMP, traceroute & PMTU discovery,
  • Static IP routing, dynamic routing (algorithms and protocols),
  •  DNS, e-mail (SMTP, POP3, IMAP4),
  •  common protocols (HTTP, FTP, etc.),
  •  NAT, introduction to IPv6,
  • wireless network protocols (3G/4G/5G, Wifi, BlueTooth, BLE),
  • wearable devices, IoT & smart sensors (Zigbee, NFC, Lora, Sigfox).
Part 2 (multimedia/security):
  • Introduction to multimedia networking,
  • Multimedia streaming (stored multimedia, live, real-time interactive),
  • Introduction to audio and video compression,
  • Streaming protocols,
  • VoIP (ToIP, video conferencing, SIP),
  • Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB),
  • Introduction to network security, principles of cryptography,
  • Message integrity, digital signature, certification authorities, PKI,
  • Secure e-mail and network connections (X.509, SSL).
Teaching methods
- Traditional lectures,
- Labs in computer room allowing the student to use the theoretical concepts seen during the lecture on a simulated network (using Netkit simulation software).
Evaluation methods
- Lab report (20% of the final points),
- Written exam (80% of the final points)
Other information
Labs in computer room
- Notes de cours,
- James Kurose and Keith Ross, «Computer Networking, A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet».
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Chemistry and Bioindustries

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Agricultural Bioengineering

Master [120] in Environmental Bioengineering

Master [120] in Electrical Engineering

Master [120] in Forests and Natural Areas Engineering