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Simulations and tools for telecommunications 1 ECTS

Individual course

In this course you will learn basics about the wireless communication channel, how the system performance can be evaluated, about different simulation levels and simulation as a process. You will get short introduction to some simulation software like Matlab, Simulink, OPNET, CST and/or ADS without practical simulations.

Course contents

  • Communication channels: random number generation, AWGN noise, multipath, fading
  • Performance evaluation: Monte Carlo method, confidence limits, BER
  • Simulation levels: network, link, platform
  • Simulation process: tools, requirements and limitations, accuracy, errors, validation
  • Short introduction to some simulation software like Matlab, Simulink, OPNET, OMNET ++, CST and/or ADS

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student

  • recognises problems and limitations related to simulations
  • can select a suitable simulation method and knows how to validate the model
  • knows how to generate signals, random numbers and noise
  • knows how to model fading channels
  • knows how to make Monte-Carlo simulations at the baseband level and can estimate confidence level of simulation results
  • can explain principles of network level simulations

(At the basic theoretical level.)

Course material

Lecture slides in Moodle (no recordings).

Completion methods

Lectures (lecture slides, self-study, no recordings) and Moodle multiple choice exam (accepted/fail, unlimited number of attempts). Can be done completely online and at your own pace.

NOTE: in the study guide (link below) there are also 3 and 5 ECTS versions. However, those are open only in Autumn, next time Autumn 2024 and those are scheduled because of final exam and simulation exercise. Only 1 ECTS version is offered constantly. If you prefer to make the 3 or 5 ECTS version, you have to register for next Autumn’s course (2024).

More information in the University of Oulu study guide.

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Responsible teacher

University of Oulu
Johanna Vartiainen, Adjunct Professor

Further information about the course and studying

University of Oulu
FITech contact person Oulu

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
Application starts on 1.1.2024
Application starts on 1.1.2024
Technical studies
5G technology,
Wireless technology
Course code:
Study credits:
0 €
Course level:
Teaching period:
Continuously on-going
Application start date:
Application deadline:
Continuously on-going
Host university:
University of Oulu
Who can apply:
Adult learner,
Degree student
Teaching method:
Teaching language:
General prerequisites:
Basics about telecommunications - modulation, SNR, BER etc.
Course suitable for:
People with previous studies or work experience about telecommunication engineering.
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