IELEA2001 - Data Communications


New from the academic year 2020/2021

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Written exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Portfolio assessment 50/100 A
Home examination 50/100 3 hours

Course content

- Concepts, principles and standards with emphasis on modern Internet technologies.
- Protocols and layered model for communication
- HTTP and selected applications, specified in the project
- Transport layer: TCP, UDP
- Network layer: IP, routing, IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
- Link layer: MAC, ARP, switching
- Physical layer: signals, encoding, modulation
- Security in computer networks

Learning outcome

The candidate should be able to:
a) Explain layered model for computer networks.
b) Explain the main principles of how network communication works and influences networked computing.
c) Explain a protocol and be able to view it in a general communication context.
d) Know a range of communication standards for data transmission.
e) Explain the most important security mechanisms in communication networks.

The candidate should be able to:
a) Apply the most important computer network standards.
b) Use data tools to analyze packet content in network traffic.

General competence
The candidate should be able to:
a) Evaluate, specify or select a communication solution for a system.
b) Present problems and communication technical solutions to professional colleagues.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises, project work with guidance.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory assignment

Further on evaluation

Exercises of which 2/3 must be approved.
A mandatory project work that will go into depth in a selected area of data communication such as network programming, IoT or a given communication standard / protocol.

The final grade is based on two parts, both of which must be approved:
- 1 project report, in groups, weight: 50%.
- 1 written individual digital exam, weight: 50%.
Valuation of the parts is given in percentage points. The rating for the entire performance is indicated by a letter grade. In case of repeated examination, the whole course must be repeated.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Computer Science (BIDATA)
Electrical Engineering (BIELEKTRO)

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a programme of study is required: Elektroingeniør (BIELEKTRO)

Course materials

To be announced at semester start

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
IELEG2001 7.5 01.09.2019
IELET2001 7.5 01.09.2019
More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 4

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of ICT and Natural Sciences



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment and Written exam

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio assessment 50/100 A

Release 2020-12-01

Submission 2020-12-18

Release 12:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Home examination 50/100

Release 2020-12-01

Submission 2020-12-01

Release 09:00

Submission 12:00

Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 50/100 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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