Electronics and Computer Engineering

Communication Technology

Integrated course, 5.00 ECTS


Course content

  • Information theory
  • Signals and spectra, characteristics and measurement of signals with information content
  • Electronic components
  • Characteristics of transmission channels
  • Transmission media (cable, radio, near-field communication, infrared and optical communication)
  • Modulation techniques (analog, digital)
  • Error detection and error correction (ARQ, FEC)
  • Transmission techniques (narrow band, multicarrier OFDM, spread spectrum methods)
  • Architectures for transmitters and receivers
  • Examples of technical systems

Theoretical relationships are illustrated in practical laboratory exercises.

Learning outcomes


  • know the principles of information theory (information content, redundancy, Shannon's channel capacity),
  • know the fundamentals of source coding,
  • know the characteristics of elementary signals in the time and frequency domain,
  • are familiar with the Fourier transform theorems in terms of signal processing for communication engineering (superposition, time and frequency shifts, filtering, etc.) and characteristics of spectral analysis (output measurement, power spectral density, bandwidth, SNR)
  • know the electronic components used for signal processing in communication engineering (amplifiers, filters, mixers, power splitters)
  • know the basic characteristics of different wired and wireless transmission channels (line impedance, attenuation, adjustment, link budget)
  • are familiar with the modulation techniques of amplitude, frequency and phase modulation, including their creation, demodulation and characteristics
  • know the functional principles of error detection and error correction (ARQ, FEC) and
  • know the architectures of transmitting and receiving circuits.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools


  • Mäusl: Analoge Modulationsverfahren
  • Carlson: Communication Systems
  • Weidenfeller: Grundlagen der Kommunikationstechnik
  • Lochmann: Digitale Nachrichtentechnik (Signale, Codierung, Übertragungssysteme)


Mode of delivery

Integrated course, exercises 50%

Prerequisites and co-requisites

  • Applied Electrical Engineering 2
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • Applied Computer Science 1
  • Applied Computer Science 2

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment