Module Description

Module: Simulation of Communication Networks


Simulation of Communication NetworksProject-/problem-based Learning5Summer Semester

Module Responsibility:

Prof. Andreas Timm-Giel

Admission Requirements:


Recommended Previous Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of computer and communication networks
  • Basic programming skills

Educational Objectives:

Professional Competence

Theoretical Knowledge

Students are able to explain the necessary stochastics, the discrete event simulation technology and modelling of networks for performance evaluation.


Students are able to apply the method of simulation for performance evaluation to different, also not practiced, problems of communication networks. The students can analyse the obtained results and explain the effects observed in the network. They are able to question their own results.

Personal Competence

Social Competence

Students are able to acquire expert knowledge in groups, present the results, and discuss solution approaches and results. They are able to work out solutions for new problems in small teams.


Students are able to transfer independently and in discussion with others the acquired method and expert knowledge to new problems. They can identify missing knowledge and acquire this knowledge independently.

ECTS-Credit Points Module:



Oral exam

Workload in Hours:

Independent Study Time: 110, Study Time in Lecture: 70

Course: Simulation of Communication Networks (Project-/problem-based Learning)


Andreas Timm-Giel




Summer Semester


In the course necessary basic stochastics and the discrete event simulation are introduced. Also simulation models for communication networks, for example, traffic models, mobility models and radio channel models are presented in the lecture. Students work with a simulation tool, where they can directly try out the acquired skills, algorithms and models. At the end of the course increasingly complex networks and protocols are considered and their performance is determined by simulation.


  • Skript des Instituts für Kommunikationsnetze

Further literature is announced at the beginning of the lecture.