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autumn 2020

INF-2300 Computer Communication - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 26.06.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Science and Technology


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester and 1 October for the spring semester.

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Higher Education Entrance Qualification + specific entrance requirements equivalent to MATRS: R1/(S1+S2). Application code: 9354 - Singular course in computer science.

Course content

The course focuses on properties of communication between computers, and the machinery needed to facilitate the communication. Among the properties are those arising from the uncertainty of delivery, the omnipresence of errors, and lack of global consistence and authority. The course also introduce how to develop and use high level distributed programming abstractions including RPC/RMI, Web Services, Publish-Subscribe systems, and similar. 

Recommended prerequisites

INF-1101 Data structures and algorithms

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student has:

  • an in-depth knowledge of challenges and solutions related to providing reliable communication between computers
  • an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the layered Internet architecture, services related to each layer, current communication protocols, and available solutions
  • knowledge about approaches to develop network centric applications using application level protocols

Skills - The student can:

  • design and implement network protocols that enable communication between computers
  • use, design and implement application level protocols
  • design and implement network centric applications using application level protocols
  • use web-entric protocols (web-services) in the development of such applications

General competence - The student:

  • understands how network protocols work, are defined and are used
  • can grasp the concept of a layered architecture and its advantages
  • understands the concept of network centric applications and the role of a client and a server with such applications

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 30 hours, Colloquium: 30 hours, Lab: 30 hours. The course is given every autumn semester.


A 4 hours final written exam counting 100%. Approved assignments give access to the final written exam.

Grade scale: Letter grades A-E, F - fail. 

The coursework includes up to 4 written assignments graded "Approved" / "Not Approved", and the number of assignments is stated at the start of the semester. Oral presentation of the assignments and demonstrations of a working system can in special cases be claimed by the course responsible.

Re-sit examination: Given early in the following semester, if the course is compulsory in the study plan. The re-sit exam is for those who did not get a passed grade on the last ordinary examination. It will be arranged a 4 hour written exam counting 100%. To get access to the re-sit examination the student must have passed the course requirements.

Postponed examination: Given early in the following semester. It will be arranged a 4 hour written exam counting 100%. To get access to the postponed examination the student must have passed the course requirements. 

Date for examination

Written test 27.11.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Course overlap

INF-2300 Computer networks 5 stp
INF-2301 Computer communication and security 5 stp


Karlsen, Randi

Telefon: +4777644040
Mobil: 99297389 randi.karlsen@uit.no

Anne Håkansson

Telefon: +4777644096
Mobil: 93069699 anne.hakansson@uit.no