TTM4240 - Advanced Network Control and Management


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 60/100 30 minutes E
Portfolio 40/100

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 this 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 controlled?

The course "Advanced Network Control and Management" will broadly discuss these issues with specific emphasis on the following topics:

  • Network architectures and addressing
  • Inter- and intra-domain routing protocols
  • Advanced network control mechanisms
  • Network management fundamentals and technologies

The course contributes to almost all UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (since efficient communication/networking is a fundamental need for all non-local cooperation), but in particular to SDG 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation.

Learning outcome

A. Knowledge: 1) To get a profound understanding of the ideas and philosophy behind the Internet architecture and addressing in the Internet. 2) To get a profound understanding of the motivation, requirements, functionality, possibilities, and limitations for important protocols for network control and management. The focus is on protocols and architectures for intra-domain and inter-domain routing, traffic monitoring, centralized network control, and configuration and performance management.

B. Skills: 1) To be able to communicate, reason, and think creatively about the various mechanisms used in the Internet protocols. (Ref. pin A2 above.) 2) To be able to identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various mechanisms used for network control and management. 3) To be able to identify alternative solutions. 4) To be able to engineer small networks including the configuration of the network nodes. 5) To be capable of doing performance management and traffic analysis

Learning methods and activities

The course applies a combination of traditional lectures and team-based learning methods and activities, including a final oral exam. Lectures are combined with theoretical and practical (lab) exercises providing hands-on experience in network control and management. Throughout the semester the students receive feedback through Readiness Assurance Tests (RATs).

Further on evaluation

Two assessments provide the basis for the final grade in the course, a portfolio and an individual oral final exam that count for 40% and 60% of the final grade, respectively. Both parts must be passed in order to pass the course. The results for each of the parts are given with a letter grade. The portfolio includes Readiness Assurance Tests (RATs) and practical assignments with deliverables. All parts, incl. the exam, are given and must be answered in English only. If a student also after the re-sit exam has the final grade F/failed, the student must repeat the entire course. Also in the case a student wants to try to improve their grade, they must repeat both assessments.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
TTM4128 3.5 AUTUMN 2021
TTM4150 3.5 AUTUMN 2021
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Telecommunication
  • Applied Information and Communication Technology
  • Communication Technology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Information Security and Communication Technology


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Portfolio 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral exam 60/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Oral exam 60/100 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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