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Introduction to Computer Networks

Introduction to Computer Networks
type: Lecture links:
chair: ITM Hartenstein
semester: Summer semester 2010
place: Daimler lecture hall (Building 10.21)
time: Tuesday, 11:30-13:00
start: 04/13/2010
lecturer: Professor Hannes Hartenstein
Felix Schmidt-Eisenlohr
Oliver Jetter
sws: 2
ects: 4
lv-no.: 24519
Important informationen for the exam:


  • Date: Friday, February 25th 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Place: Audimax Auditorium (building 30.95)
  • Registration until Monday, February 21, 2011: Students of "Informatics" and "Information management" register online at https://studium.kit.edu. All other students register at Prof. Böhm's office, building 50.34, room 367 (bring your certificate of admission).
  • Placement in the lecture halls: will be announced after the end of registration


  • 90 minute exam of the module "Kommunikation & Datenhaltung":
    • Lectures "Datenbanksysteme" and "Einführung in Rechnernetze"
    • Module Bachelor Informatik
    • Selectable lecture Diplom Informatik
    • Selectable module Bachelor/Master-Informationswirtschaft (new PO)


  • 60 minute exam of the lecture "Einführung in Rechnernetze"
    • Selectable module "Telematics" of Bachelor Informationswirtschaft (new PO)


Für Informationswirtschaft (old PO) both variants may be selectable, please ask if unclear.

For further questions: schmidt-eisenlohr@kit.edu
Today's Internet is arguably the most well-known and most complex artefact ever created by mankind: hundreds of millions connected computers and connecting networks. Millions of users who connect at any time to the Internet via various devices such as mobile phones, PDAs or laptops. Given the large scale as well as the diversity of the Internet, the question arises to which extent it is possible to understand the complex structures behind. Here, this lecture tries to provide an introduction to the world of computer networks by presenting theoretical and practical aspects of computer networks. Therefore, it covers basics of telecommunications engineering, fundamental protocol mechanisms as well as the layers model of current computer networks. Hence, we present all layers starting with the physical medium layer up to the application layer.



  1. Introduction
  2. Network Architectures
  3. Telecommunication Basics
  4. Protocol Mechanisms
  5. Data Link Layer: HDLC
  6. Data Link Layer: Local Networks
  7. Description Methodology for Services and Protocols
  8. Interconnection of Networks and Routing
  9. Transport Layer
  10. Application Systems
  11. Middleware