13E034KS - Switching Systems

Course specification
Course title Switching Systems
Acronym 13E034KS
Study programme Electrical Engineering and Computing
Type of study bachelor academic studies
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
ESPB 6.0 Status mandatory
Condition None
The goal Introducing principles and existing technologies for circuit and packet switches, as well as the interoperability between circuit switched and packet switched networks. Special attention is given to the management and configuration of switching devices, and to the signalization and synchronization aspects.
The outcome After finishing the course, students will have adequate theoretical and practical knowledge of switching systems that will enable them to accomplish tasks in the area of communication networks.
URL to the subject page
Contents of lectures Introduction to switching systems. Fundamentals of circuit and packet switching. Circuit switches. Packet switches. Management and configuration of switching and routing devices. Synchronization. Signaling. Interoperability between circuit switched and packet switched networks.
Contents of exercises Solving the practical problems in the area of switching systems through precepts. Implementing network topology by configurations of switching systems, routers and gateways in the lab.
  1. H.J.Chao, B.Liu: High Performance Switches and Routers, Wiley, 2007. (Original title)
  2. H.G.Perros: Connection-Oriented Networks: SONET/SDH, ATM, MPLS and Optical Networks, Wiley, 2005. (Original title)
  3. Selected papers from journals and conferences
  4. D. Teare, B. Vachon, R. Graziani: Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) - Foundation Learning Guide, Cisco Press, 2015 (Original title)
  5. R. Froom, E. Frahim: Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks(SWITCH) - Foundation Learning Guide, Cisco Press, 2015 (Original title)
Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
Lectures Exercises OTC Study and Research Other classes
3 1 1
Methods of teaching Teaching methods comprise lectures and precepts. During precepts, students solve practical problems. Students learn to operate and configure switching equipment in the lab implementing basic network topology.
Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
Pre obligations Points Final exam Points
Activites during lectures 20 Test paper 70
Practical lessons 10 Oral examination 0
Colloquia 0
Seminars 0