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IK2215 Advanced Internetworking 7.5 credits

This course focuses on communication protocols for the Internet, and the emphasis is on the generic mechanisms at the layers of the TCP/IP stack. To get a deeper understanding of these mechanisms we evaluate and compare the design of different protocols. To further illustrate these principles and get hands-on experience the course contains a set of lab assignments and a project.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus IK2215 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course focuses on communications protocol for Internet, and the emphasis lies on generic mechanisms on the different protocols in the protocol stack TCP/IP. To give a deeper understanding of such mechanisms, designs of different protocols are evaluated and compared at these levels. To further illustrate different principles and to give practical experience contains the course in addition to theoretical items as lectures, a set labs and a project task.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student shall be able to

  • describe functions of different network elements and explain design principles for protocols and functions at different logical levels.
  • identify and describe examples of sustainability aspects related to the subject area of communication systems.
  • design, configure and handle TCP/IP networks and provide services to end users by primarily use PC hardware and Unix.

For higher grades, the student should also be able to

  • compare and explain advantages and disadvantages of different protocol designs based on general principles and studies of different standards for protocols.
  • critically evaluate existing and new designs for communications protocol by using technical bases of assessment as scalability, robustness and usability as a basis for comparisons.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge in Internet technique, 6 higher education credits, equivalent completed course IK1552.

Recommended prerequisites

Experience of working in Unix environments.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

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


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project work, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

TEN1 is carried out as continuous digital examination in a computer room.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: