Course detail

Telecommunication Systems

FEKT-MPA-KS1Acad. year: 2022/2023

The course deals with digital telecommunications system architectures, with description of the building blocks function and with the methods of signal processing used. The course introduces the techniques of signal processing from analog to digital conversion through the source and channel coding, encryption, modulation, to multiple access techniques or synchronization. The basic types of transmission media are presented and their influence on transmitted signals. Selected signal processing techniques are demonstrated in laboratory measurements. Students will use the gained knowledge in related courses oriented to specific wired and wireless communication systems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to: (1) describe the common telecommunication system architecture, (2) explain the basic building blocks operation, (3) characterize the transmission media and influences of the transmission environment, (4) explain the methods of signal processing in the sub-parts of the system, (5) discuss the signal processing techniques in specific systems.


Knowledge of bachelor mathematics (integral calculus, solution of equations, fundamentals of probability analysis and statistics), fundamentals of signal processing (convolution, correlation, filtering, spectrum analysis), and fundamentals of communications (see BPA-KSY or equivalent) are requested.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

SKLAR, B. Digital Communications: Fundamental and Applications, 3rd Edition. Pearson, 2020. (EN)
COUCH, L.V. Digital and analog Communications. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2001. (EN)
DUNLOP, J., SMITH, D.G. Telecommunications Engineering, CRC Press, 1994. (EN)
SAFAK, M, Digital Communications, John Wiley & Sons, 2017 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain maximally 30 points for their activities during semester and 70 points for the final exam. The honored activities are as follows: one midterm test oriented to the application of selected signal processing techniques (10 points) and laboratory measurements (20 points). The written final exam is based on the theory as well as calculations (70 points).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Digital telecommunication system common architecture, basic building blocks.
2. Formatting and source coding. Sampling of bandpass signals, quantization.
3. Cryptography, conventional and public key cryptosystem. RSA encryption. Authentication.
4. Channel coding. Block and convolutional codes, concatenated codes, RS, BCH, turbo and LDPC codes.
5. Detection of communication signals in noise. Binary signal reception, matched filter. Line codes.
6. Inter-symbol interference. Impulse shaping. Signal equalization (zero forcing, MMSE).
7. Band-pass modulation (MPSK, MSK, GMSK, MQAM). False detection probability. Trellis-coded modulation.
8. Communication channel (metallic line, optical fiber, free space). Noise and fading channel.
9. Carrier frequency and phase synchronization. Symbol, frame and network synchronization.
10. Wireless networks, satellite communications, link power budget, transmission capacity allocation.
11. Structure of DAB, DMB, DRM, DVB, IEEE 802.11, PHY, and MAC layers.
12. Communication in computer and telecommunication networks in terms of the reference model ISO/OSI.
13. Computer networks, access methods, routing, networking.


The aim of course is to introduce the structure of telecommunication systems, the characteristics of the transmission environment and the methods of signal processing in the sub-blocks of this system.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Laboratory exercises are compulsory. Missed lessons can be made up usually by the end of semester.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme MPA-CAN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPAD-CAN Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
  • Programme MPA-TEC Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
  • Programme MPAJ-TEC Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer