DCST1006 - Data communication and networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours D

Course content

Introduction to layered communication, standardization in computer networks, network structures and the behavior and tasks of network components. Topics included in the subject (examples of potential technologies/protocols given in brackets):

  • The physical layer and the data link layer (Ethernet)
  • The network layer (IP, ICMP, routing)
  • Network addressing (IP addressing)
  • The transport layer (TCP and UDP)
  • The application layer (HTTP, SMTP, DNS)
  • Switching (VLANs)
  • Network services (DHCP)
  • LAN redundancy (STP, FHRP)
  • Link aggregation (EtherChannel)

Learning outcome


  • K1: The candidate is familiar with key reference models and relevant protocols, and understands their role in modern computer networks
  • K2: The candidate is familiar with important network services supporting modern computer networks.
  • K3: The candidate is familiar with basic networking components and widely used network technologies


  • F1: The candidate can design and install small and medium-sized computer networks.
  • F2: The candidate can manage, maintain and troubleshoot existing data networks.
  • F3: The candidate can further develop existing computer networks to meet future needs.

General competence:

  • G1: The candidate is able to read and understand new material that deals with computer networks and data communication
  • G2: The candidate is able to work with computer network oriented issues both individually and in collaboration with others

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures
  • Laboratory work in groups on physical network equipment
  • Mandatory assignments

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignments

Further on evaluation

  • Mandatory assignments must be approved before the candidate will be permitted to attend the final exam.
  • Re-sit examination in August. Re-sit examination can be arranged as oral exam.

About the mandatory assignments: They include a set of module exams completed on Cisco's learning platform NetAcad and/or a set of assignments completed using, for example, Cisco’s Packet Tracer. More information about the mandatory activities is published on the subject's Blackboard page throughout the semester. Examples of previously used tasks include:

  • Tasks in Wireshark to study the behavior of protocols such as TCP and UDP
  • Subnetting exercises
  • Design and configuration of small networks, including subnetting, setting up VLANs, DHCP servers, FHRP etc.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security (BDIGSEC)

Course materials

  • Cisco NetAcademy teaching materials
  • Handouts/articles/slides from the lectures.
  • Recommended background material: Kurose, J. and Ross, K.W., "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach". Pearson

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IMT2006 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
IIKG1001 2.5 AUTUMN 2019
DCSG1006 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
IDRI1008 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
TDAT2004 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
IIKG1003 3.7 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Telecommunication
  • Computer Science
  • Informatics
  • Information Technology and Informatics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Computer Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 D INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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