Introduction to networks

Quadrimestre 1 - All options

24 hours

Coordinator : PMA

Teachers : PMA, JLC

General course description

Presentation of the network concept and the associated terminology.

Learning basic skills

Basic knowledge of data representation.

Course Aims

At the end of the course, students will be acquainted with the basics of telecommunication and networks.

Course Outline

Chapter 1: General Points (2 hours)

  • why networks, what is a network?
  • Features of networks:
    • BUS, LAN, MAN, WAN
    • Transmission media, their influence on transmission
    • Need for standardization
    • A model: OSI

Chapter 2: Data Representations (5 hours)

  • Different types of information
  • Coding information
  • Digitizing information
  • Internal data representation.

Chapter 3: Data Transmission (5 hours)

  • Constituent components of a link with a view to transmission
  • Transmission modes
  • Transmission carriers
  • Error processing
  • Digital signal coding
  • Basic band transmission
  • Wide-band transmission (modems)

Chapter 4: The Network Concept (7 hours)

  • Network topology
  • Commutation techniques
  • Linking modes: connected and unconnected modes
  • Mechanisms involved:
    • Addressing principles
    • Routing principles
    • Network congestion
  • Security in the networks

Chapter 5: Network architecture. (5 hours)

  • The OSI reference model.
  • The TCP/IP model.
  • IBM's SNA model.


  • Claude Servin, Télécoms : de la transmission à l’architecture de réseaux, Masson
  • Théorie et applications de la statistique, Schaum collection