TTM4128 - Network and Service Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 20/100 E
Assignment 30/100
Oral examination 50/100 30 minutes E

Course content

When retrieving content from an arbitrary platform a large number of different network entities and services are involved. Requests are forwarded via different networks being composed of access nodes, firewalls, broadband gateways, load balancers, switches, routers, and many more devices until they reach the corresponding endpoint hosting the desired content. But how is the interplay of devices and autonomous systems orchestrated in a cost-efficient but also well-performing manner, i.e., how are these networks and their devices managed and operated?

The course network management and operation will tackle these issues with specific emphasis on the following topics:
• Network management fundamentals
• SNMP and WEB-based network management
• Management aspects regarding virtualized infrastructures
• Control and data plane programmability

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge:
1) To get a basic understanding of principles and architectures for the management of networks and networked services.
2) To get a profound understanding of SNMP and WEB-based architectures and platforms for network management.
3) To get a profound understanding of network and infrastructure virtualization
4) To understand differences with respect to control and data plane programmability and to know prominent exemplary protocols and technologies like OpenFlow and P4.

B. Skills:
1) To be able to communicate, reason and creatively think about management of networks.
2) To be able to understand and use abstract specifications for SNMP-based as well as web-based management .
3) To be able to design, implement and use virtualized networks and infrastructures.
4) To be able to program network control and data plane

Learning methods and activities

The course applies a combination of traditional lectures and team-based learning methodologies and activities, including a final written exam. Lectures are combined with theoretical and practical exercises providing hands-on experience in network operation and management. Throughout the semester the students will receive feedback through readiness assurance tests (RATs), which will also contribute to the final grade. The practical exercises are mandatory and graded. Written reports must be submitted.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes practical assignments with deliverables which count 30%, the results of the readiness assurance tests which count 20% and a final individual oral exam which counts 50%. The results for the parts are given in %-scores. The entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.

The tests, exercises, assignment and exam are given in English only.

If a student has the final grade F/failed, the student must repeat the entire course. Works that count in the final grade must be repeated.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the term.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Telematics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 20/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 30/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 50/100 E
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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