Digital communications 7.5 Credits

Digital kommunikation
Second cycle, S7012E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2016 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Feb 2015

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2016

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Signal Processing
Subject group (SCB)
Computer Technology

Entry requirements

Mathematics (corresponding to M0031M), linear analysis (corresponding to M0018M), introductory signal processing (corresponding to S0001E)

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

After completion of the course, the students shall

  • have broad knowledge and understanding of principles of digital communications including transmitters, channels (point-to-point, broadcast, multiple access, interference, MIMO) and their capacity, receivers, and the ways they build a communications system,
  • have in-depth knowledge and understanding of fundamental mathematical principles as vector representation of signals, constellations, transmit spectrum and bandwidth, modulation, baseband representation, dispersive channels, detection, noise, matched filter, nyquist signalling, performance measures and their computation, OFDM
  • able to evaluate and simulate basic digital communications systems in MATLAB.


The course covers an introduction on information and channel capacity along with a number of basic concepts of digital communications, such as: vector representation of signals, digital modulation (PSK, QAM), pulseforms, noise, matched filter, nyquist signalling, intersymbol interference , detection, optimal receivers, maximum likelihood detection , performance , dispersive channels, error rates, OFDM.


Lectures, exercise sessions, and laboratory work (computer assignments).


Mandatory laboratory assignments with written reports and written exam with differentiated grades.

The course can be offered in English

Jaap van de Beek

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

0001Written exam6.0G U 3 4 5
0002Laboratory work1.5U G#

Study guidance
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