EP2300 Management of Networks and Networked Systems 7.5 credits


The course gives a modern introduction into network and systems management. Topics found in traditional network management textbooks, e.g., standards for management protocols, data models, and architectures, are given less space. Emphasis is put on new approaches, such as decentralized management, and the management of emerging technologies, e.g., web services.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Electrical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

Intended learning outcomes

After taking the course, students will understand the importance of management in the context of networks, services and distributed systems. They will know the current approaches to manage different technologies and the role of standardization. Finally, they will be able to design and implement simple management functions on a real system.

Course main content

The course includes a series of lectures, complemented by a programming project, which can be performed on-line and do not require lab presence.

Classical topics:

  • SNMP-A Management Protocol and a Framework
  • Other Management Frameworks (e.g., TMN)
  • Management Paradigms (e.g., Management by Delegation)

Modern topics:

  • Decentralized Management Systems
  • Self-Configuration and Self-Management
  • Management of Internet and Web Services
  • Policy-based Management


For single course students: 120 credits and documented proficiency in English B or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

To benefit from the course. students should have a background in computer communication and have basic programming skills in either C/C++ or in Java. For computer communication, I recommend 2G1316 or 2G1501 as introductory courses, and possibly also a follow-up course, such as 2D1392, 2G1305, or 2G1507.


The course is not based on a specific textbook. For an introduction into SNMP, which covers only a part of the course, I recommend William Stallings: SNMP, SNMPv2, SNMPv3, and RMON 1 and 2, Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0201485346; 3rd edition (1998).


  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written examination (2.5 credits)
Lab projects (2.5 credits)

Offered by



Rolf Stadler


György Dán <gyuri@kth.se>

Rolf Stadler <stadler@kth.se>

Add-on studies

2E1633 Nätverkstjänster och internetbaserade tillämpningar.
2E1603 Datakommunikation - ekonomi – ledarskap.
2G1319 Communication Systems Design.
M.Sc. project (exjobb).


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.