Communications in Automation

Course of study: Applied Electrical Engineering – Control Engineering
Year: 3. year (1st cycle)
Credits: 7
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64668

Higher education teachers: Murovec Boštjan

Subject Description


  • A passing grade of laboratory work is a prerequisite for the exam.

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • Basic communication system concepts. Network layering. Network architecture.
  • Reference model, ISO/OSI, TCP/IP.
  • Fundamentals of transmission of information and coding.
  • Transmission media.
  • Communication protocols, services, and standards.
  • Application layer protocols and services, HTTP, SMTP, FTP, DNS, sockets.
  • Transport layer protocols and services, TCP, UDP.
  • Networks, routing, addressing.
  • Network layer protocols and services, IP, ICMP, OSPF, RIP, NAT, DHCP.
  • Data link layer, media access control, Ethernet, ARP.
  • Distributed systems security, algorithms, protocols, services.
  • Industrial communication technologies and standards. Real-time communications.
  • Ubiquitous sensor networks.

Objectives and competences:

Mastering the basic concepts, technologies and applications of communication systems in automation.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • To understand fundamental concepts of communication systems in automation.
  • The ability to provide innovative solutions needed in industrial distributed systems.
  • To be able to work in a wider field of information and communication technologies.

Learning and teaching methods:

  • Lectures provide theoretical background with examples.
  • Lectures are prerequisite for laboratory work. Laboratory work provides hands-on experience on the lectured topics.

Study Materials


  1. J. F. Kurose, K. W. Ross, Computer Networking, 5th ed., Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2010.
  2. A. S. Tanenbaum, D. J. Wetherall, Computer Networks, 5th ed., Pearson Prentice Hall, 2011.
  3. R. Zurawski, The industrial communication technology handbook, Boca Raton, Taylor & Francis, 2005.
  4. Študijsko gradivo izvajalcev predmeta, predloge predavanj, predloge laboratorijskih vaj.