DCST2001 - Interconnected Networks and Network Security


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

The course deals with a number of topics for connecting networks and network security. This includes the following areas:

  • Static and dynamic route protocols
  • Network-related threats and mitigation
  • Access control, ACL
  • Wireless networks
  • WAN technologies, VPN and remote access
  • Quality of service, QoS
  • Network monitoring
  • Network virtualisation

Learning outcome


  • K1: The candidate is familiar with basic principles and central technologies related to interconnection of networks, both locally and over larger geographical distances.
  • K2: The candidate is familiar with the networks' role regarding information security.
  • K3: The candidate is familiar with various threats against modern networks, and how to reduce the risk these threats impose.


  • F1: The candidate can design and install secure computer networks with basis in a distributed organization's needs.
  • F2: The candidate can analyze various security solutions, and evaluate these in regard to the services the network should provide.

General competence:

  • G1: The candidate is familiar with the risks an organization faces, and how these are affected by various strategies used to secure the network.
  • G2: The candidate is able to participate in cross-disciplinary discussions and communicate important concepts regarding network security.

Learning methods and activities

  • Lectures
  • Lab work in groups. The exercises are carried out on physical network equipment.
  • Mandatory assignments

Compulsory assignments

  • Obligatoriske øvinger og labøvinger

Further on evaluation

  • A set of compulsory assignments must be approved before the candidate can sit for the exam.
  • Re-sit exam in August. Re-sit exam can be conducted orally.

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:

  • Design and configuration of networks, including dynamic routing, VLAN, various types of network security mechanisms, access control lists, etc.
  • Configuration of VPN technology to connect local networks over larger geographical distances
  • Setup and use of network management and monitoring solutions for networks and network devices

Specific conditions

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

Course materials

  • Learning materials from Cisco NetAcademy
  • Articles and presentations from lectures
  • Recommended Orientation: Kurose, J. and Ross, K.W., "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach", Pearson

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
DCSG2001 7.5 AUTUMN 2019
IDRI3002 5.0 AUTUMN 2020
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer Science
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 *
Autumn 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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