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Second Semester 
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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[70/84]  ENERGETIC ENGINEERING [84/00 - Ord. 2018]  PERCORSO COMUNE 6 60


The course aims to deepen the concepts already covered in basic courses on telecommunication networks with a particular focus on the functionalities and technologies for the Internet: reference architectures, main protocols of the TCP / IP stack, routing techniques static and dynamic and related protocols, principles of security and dynamic configuration of terminals in the Internet, virtual LANs, spanning tree protocol and network management techniques.

Knowledge and understanding:
The aim of the course is to provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of the operating principles of the Internet network, of the main Internet applications and of the reference technologies.

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
The aim of the course is also to enable the student to apply his/her knowledge and comprehension skills to: analyze the configuration of a local and WAN network, understand the functioning of a device connected to the Internet, analyze the basic behavior of a router, and analyze the architectural configuration of a small network.

Autonomy of judgment:
The skills acquired by the student will enable him/her to auto-assess his/her capabilities to identify the role and the configuration of the network components and to identify the competences he/she needs to acquire in the future.

Communication skills:
The didactic approach and the methods of ascertaining the knowledge acquired will accustom the student to communicate the concepts and methods learned, as well as to formalize the problems in terms of protocols used and related configurations and to discuss the relative solutions to specialist and non-specialist people.

Learning ability:
Students will have the ability to connect the contents learned during this course with those in other courses belonging to the Information Engineering area.


Basic concepts of telecommunications networks: network architectures, LAN networks, operating principles of the Internet network.


Review of the basic concepts of Internet operation: protocol model of the TCP / IP suite, IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP, DNS, DHCP, ARP protocols and application layers. Particular importance will be given to the operating principles and the reasons that justified the development and widespread adoption of the Internet technologies - (6 hours of theory and 3 hours of laboratory)

Routing in IP networks: router functionality, routing principles, static routing, routing algorithms, routing table. OSPF protocol. Configuration of routing parameters - (9 hours of theory and 6 hours of laboratory)

Switching: virtual LANs, interconnection of virtual LANs, routing protocol, virtual network configurations, closed loops in LANs, spanning tree protocol, EtherChannel networks - (12 hours of theory and 6 laboratory hours)

Security and management: configuration of the main aspects of security, configuration of network devices in automatic mode and natting operations, configuration of private networks and Access Control Lists, network management and troubleshooting activities and related protocols, network virtualization principles - (9 hours of theory and 9 of laboratory)

Teaching Methods

The teaching is organized in a traditional way with the use of slide lectures and exercises through the use of emulators and network simulators . Presentation activities are also organized by the students of additional topics assigned to them during the course.

To meet specific educational needs related to the epidemiological situation, live streaming lessons or recordings of the same available online are expected to be provided. Furthermore, the exercises can be carried out through forms of remote interaction with the available IT tools.

Verification of learning

For those attending the lessons and the labs, the evaluation is carried out through two tests that are held during the intermediate test week (the first one) and just at the end of the semester (the second one). These tests consist in the multiple choises questions related to some parts of the Cisco Netacad CCNA course. Both these tests are made of around 30 questions with multiple answers that last for one hour each. Some of these questions request to solve short problems related to the configuration of IP systems. The final score is given by the average of the scores obtained with the two tests.
Students can also acquire additional points by presenting part of the course content to the other students in the classroom.
For those that do not attend the lessons, the exam is oral.


- Cisco Netacad CCNA 1-3 learning material that is provided at the beginning of the class.

- Luigi Atzori, Struttura e protocolli della rete Internet, Aracne, 2007.

More Information

At the beginning of the course, students who attend are given an account to access the Cisco netacad material.

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