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521150A Introduction to Internet, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 521150A  Validity 01.08.2012 -
Name Introduction to Internet  Abbreviation Introduction to 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
Type Intermediate Studies Discipline4306 Electrical Engineering, 4307 Information Engineering 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Electrical Engineering DP 

Erkki Harjula 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits / 133 hours of work

Language of instruction 

All materials are in English, lectures are given in Finnish.


Spring, period 4.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of this course, students know and understand the basic concepts, know the key terminology and can write clearly with justifications about the following key areas of the course, which are:

  1. The design principles of the Internet, its architecture, functionality and challenges
  2. The role of the data link layer and the most important access network technologies
  3. The structure and the most important protocols of the TCP/IP protocol stack
  4. The most important internet applications and their protocols
  5. The basic principles of internet security and multimedia applications

Additionally, students who have attained grades 2 or 3 have demonstrated satisfactory capability to perform practical software implementation work and/or solving Internet-related problems relevant to most centric course key areas. Students who have attained grades 4 or 5 have demonstrated solid capability to perform practical software implementation work and analytical skills for solving technical and research problems relevant to the course key areas.


The design principles and architecture of the Internet, data link layer and most important access network technologies, TCP/IP protocol stack and its most important protocols, most important Internet applications, principles of Internet security and multimedia, internet's challenges and Future Internet.

Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 32h, exercices 16h, laboratory exercises 12h, course work 25h, independent work 48h. Work is done in groups or independently.

Target group 

Communications Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering students, Information Processing Science students, other students of the University of Oulu.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Announced at the beginning of the course.

Assessment methods and criteria 

Passing the course requires mastery of the essential core content of the course. Continuous assessment and exams are provided for students to show that they have attained this level. Higher grades are attained by participating in and completing, either alone or in groups, to non-mandatory exercises and exams on advanced course topics. More detailed information on assessment is published yearly in the lecture material.

Read more about assessment criteria at the University of Oulu webpage.


The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

D.Sc. Erkki Harjula

Working life cooperation 



Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has not begun Introduction to Internet  Course  Erkki Harjula  15.03.21 -07.05.21

Future examinations
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Introduction to Internet, Online tentti  Exam  Erkki Harjula 
24.09.20thu 16.15-19.15
registration period has not begun Introduction to Internet, Online Exam  Exam  Erkki Harjula 
26.11.20thu 16.15-19.15
registration period has not begun Introduction to Internet  Exam  Erkki Harjula 
20.05.21thu 16.15-19.15