Computer Technologies Engineering

Information Systems Engineering

Internet and multimedia

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First semester
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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The goal of the course is to provide the student with basic knowledge on architectures and protocols for communication networks. The course will also overview the main issues related to the transmission and reception of audio and video contents through a communication network.
At the end of the course the student will be able to apply the acquired knowledge in order to analyze and design architectures and protocols of a communication network for the transmission and reception of multimedia content.


No previous knowledge is required.

Course contents summary

Network architectures and protocols. The Internet. Digital representation of information and encoding of multimedia data. Architectures and protocols for multimedia communications.

Course contents

PART 1: Introduction and communication networks [42 hours, 34 of theoretical lectures, 4 of exercise sessions e 4 of laboratory sessions]
- Introduction to the concept of digital information
- Introduction to communication systems and networks
- Protocol architectures and communication models
- Hints on lower architectural levels: physical and access layers
- Internet and the TCP/IP suite
PART 2: Multimedia communications [30 hours, 26 of theoretical lectures and 4 of exercise sessions]
- Digitalization of the information and its processing
- Encoding of multimedia information
- Protocols for multimedia communications
- Overview on the main wireless technologies suitable for multimedia communications

Recommended readings

Lectures will be based on material produced by the instructor and available to the students. Other reference books are the following.
[1] B. Forouzan, F. Mosharraf, “Reti di calcolatori, un approccio top-down”, McGraw-Hill,
[2] B. Forouzan, “Data Communications and Networking”, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2013.
[3] Z. Li, M. Drew e J. Liu, “Fundamentals of Multimedia”, Springer, 2014.

Teaching methods

The course is divided into theoretical lessons and classroom exercise sessions. There will be some complementary laboratory sessions to also acquire practice with proper software tools. All teaching activities will be organised in person with the possibility of following the lessons remotely in synchronous mode (via Teams) and in asynchronous mode (uploaded on the Elly page of the course). The slides of the course will be provided on the Elly platform.

Assessment methods and criteria

The examination is based on a written test possibly followed by an oral discussion.

Other informations

Related information and material will be published on a properly prepared course webpage.