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CS 511 — Computer Networks
(dt. Rechnernetze)

Level, degree of commitment Advanced module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral examination (individual examination) or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Computer Science.
Subject, Origin Computer Science, B.Sc. Computer Science
One semester,
In der Regel jedes zweite Wintersemester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Bernd Freisleben


  • application layer
  • transport layer
  • network layer
  • MAC layer
  • Physical layer
  • network security
  • multimedia networks
  • network management

Qualification Goals

Students are able to

  • understand the structure and operation of computer networks,
  • analyze and understand the behavior of networks (including the Internet) in broad terms, especially with respect to problems and functionality of network software
  • to develop own network modules after additional familiarization with the respective network environments.
  • to apply scientific working methods when independently identifying, formulating and solving problems,
  • speak freely about scientific content, both in front of an audience and in a discussion.


None. The competences taught in the following modules are recommended: Object-oriented Programming, either Algorithms and Data Structures or Practical Informatics II: Data Structures and Algorithms for Pre-Service-Teachers, System Software and Computer Communication.

Recommended Reading

  • James Kurose, Keith Ross: “Computer Networking”, Pearson 2020.
  • Andrew S. Tanenbaum, D. Wetherall: “Computer Networks”, Pearson 2011.
  • Larry L. Peterson & Bruce S. Davie: “Computer Networks”, Morgan Kaufmann 2021.

Please note:

This page describes a module according to the latest valid module guide in Winter semester 2023/24. Most rules valid for a module are not covered by the examination regulations and can therefore be updated on a semesterly basis. The following versions are available in the online module guide:

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