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:

  • WAN technologies
  • Dynamic route protocols
  • Quality of service, QoS
  • Access control, firewalls and IPS / IDS
  • Remote access and VPN
  • Network-related threats
  • Network monitoring
  • Wireless networks

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.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Requires admission to the Bachelor's program in Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security.

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

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 2023-12-04 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 Sluppenvegen 14 21
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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