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Communications networks I

Individual course

Max amount of FITech students: 30

Persons without a valid study right to a Finnish university have preference to this course.

Course contents

  • Communications architecture in mobile, wireless local area and personal area networks.
  • Introduction to cloud and edge computing, network function virtualisation and software defined networking.
  • Basic principles of mobility management, network security, network management and orchestration.
  • The goal is to present the basics of the modern communications architectures, and their technical implementation.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, student

  • understands how the modern communications networks have evolved and how the architecture has changed through the recent paradigm shift towards software-centric communications
  • is able to describe the basic system architecture elements of mobile networks
  • understands the significance of emerging technologies such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN) and core network functionalities
  • can describe the main principles of mobility management, network management and orchestration, network security and can apply and solve related engineering problems
  • knows the basic properties of routing algorithms and can use graph theory to solve network routing problems
  • is able to simulate different types of networks in simulation environments and solve basic network programming problems.

Upon completing the required coursework, students understand the basic functionalities in TCP/IP protocol stack.

Course material

Lecture notes & additional reading:

  • E Koivusalo 2022: Converged Communications: Evolution from Telephony to 5G Mobile Internet (Wiley-IEEE Press)
  • M Liyanage, I Ahmad, A Abro, A Gurtov, M Ylianttila 2018: A comprehensive Guide to 5G Security

In addition, selected supportive online reading materials from recent standards and publications are provided in digital learning environment (Optima / Moodle).

Completion methods

  • Lectures (recordings from previous course implementation in Moodle)
  • Design work
  • Final exam

More information on the University of Oulu course page.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

Responsible teacher

University of Oulu
Mika Ylianttila

Further information about the course and studying

University of Oulu
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Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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General prerequisites:
Bachelor level knowledge in telecommunication engineering.
Course suitable for:
Adult learners who have previous studies or work experience in communications. Master's students or comparable in communications.
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