Introdução às redes de comunicação

Base Knowledge

Knowledge of computer science in the user’s perspective.

Teaching Methodologies

Motivation and presentation of topics in theoretical classes, including small practical examples.
Detailed application exercises with real application in theoretical and laboratory classes.
A practical assessment component through the execution of laboratory work with preparation and report, including a final mini-project.

Learning Results

Know the fundamental concepts of telecommunications;
Know principles of propagation of radio-frequency signals;
Know how to make power calculations in communication systems;
Plan and design a local network;
Describe the technologies used in local area networks;
Describe the fundamental concepts of referral theory to be used in local networks and their interconnection;
Define and implement internet services and security schemes to support local networks;
Know the notion of network protocols;
Know clinical information protocols.

Upon completion of the Course, the student must:

  • Have in-depth knowledge of local networks and respective security mechanisms;
  • Have knowledge of power balances;
  • Have in-depth knowledge of TCP/IP Wireless networks and respective security mechanisms;
  • Have knowledge in IoT networks (Internet of Things – Internet of Things);
  • Have knowledge of clinical information protocols and respective security mechanisms;
  • Demonstrate capacity for initiative and responsibility as well as demonstrate autonomy in decision making, be willful and professional;
  • Demonstrate analytical skills in order to find solutions in solving technical problems, and have a proactive attitude.


Introduction to communications;
Power balances;
Radio frequency propagation;
Point-to-point serial communication;
LAN equipment;
Ethernet: physical layer and logical layer;
Addressing and forwarding;
Wireless Local Area Networks: IEEE802.11x;
Wireless sensor networks (bluetooth, zigbee,…) and IoT (Internet of Things – Internet of Things);
TCP/IP protocols;
Data communications protocols;
Signal transmission interfaces;
Hospital information protocols;
Hospital communications security;
Network monitoring.

Curricular Unit Teachers

Grading Methods

Avaliação Por Exame
  • - Trabalhos de laboratório e extra-aula - 75.0%
  • - Exame escrito final - 25.0%




Main bibliography in the library:

  • Mackay, S. (2007). Practical Industrial Data Networks: Design, Installation and Troubleshooting. Elsevier. 978-0-7506-5807-2. Cota: 1-6-310 (ISEC) – 15060;
  • Monteiro, Edmundo. Boavida, Fernando. (2000). Engenharia de redes informáticas. FCA. 972-722-203-X. Cota: 1A-6-138 (ISEC) – 11409;
  • Geier, Jim.(1999). Wireless Lans: implementing interoperable networks. MacMillan. 1-57870-081-7. Cota: 1A-6-18 (ISEC) – 11031.

Existing bibliography on the support platform:

  • Statements of practical work, Slides of presentations made in theoretical classes and manuals of equipment used in laboratory classes;
  • Support software.

Extra bibliography:

  • Sá, Rui. (2016). Introdução às Redes de Telecomunicações. FCA. 978-972-722-822-5.