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Digital communication

Individual course

This course focuses on the core digital information transmission and signal processing techniques utilised in all widely-used communications systems and networks, like 2G/3G/4G/5G mobile communication networks, wireless LANs, digital TV broadcasting, and DSL. These techniques include error control coding, digital modulation, filtering, channel equalisation and detection.

Course contents

  • Information theoretic foundation of electrical communication
  • Baseband and bandpass digital communication
  • Performance of digital communication chains
  • Detection theory and intersymbol interference (ISI) mitigation
  • Error control coding in digital communication systems
  • Synchronisation basics

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student

  • Can explain the information theoretic foundations of digital communications.
  • Can recognise and explain the main elements of digital communication systems and the common digital modulation methods in waveform domain.
  • Is able to analyse the transmission link level performance of digital communication systems.
  • Recognises and is able to explain the main functions of digital communications transmitters and receivers.
  • Can explain the significance and principles of error control coding in digital communication systems.

Course material

Lecture notes, slides and other complementary materials.

Completion methods

Project work and exam. For FITech students, flexible mechanisms are pursued.

More information in the Tampere University study guide.

You can get a digital badge after completing this course.

5G, 6G, tietoliikennetekniikka, tietoliikenneverkot, tiedonsiirtotekniikka, langaton teknologia, langattomat verkot, mobiiliverkot, Internet, esineiden Internet, teollinen Internet, digitaalinen modulaatio, informaatioteoria, koodausteoria, Matlab

Responsible teacher

University of Tampere
Simona Lohan, Professor

Further information about the course and studying

University of Tampere
Mikko Valkama, 5G-coordinator

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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5G technology,
Industrial internet,
Wireless technology
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Tampere University
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General prerequisites:
Very basics of communications engineering
Course suitable for:
For all those who want to understand how digital modulation methods and error control codes work, and what are the corresponding fundamental transmitter and receiver signal processing stages.
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