Course detail

Communication Systems

FEKT-BPC-KSYAcad. year: 2023/2024

Students first become familiar with architecture of common analog and digital communication systems (block scheme, basic functions). Then, the building blocks operation and methods of signal processing (source coding, encryption, channel coding modulation, synchronization, etc.) are described. At the end the students obtain an overview of recent communication system types and their particular representatives.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Fundamentals of signal processing and electronics.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Students can obtain 25 points for the activity in laboratory exercises. The final exam is honored by 75 points (maximally).
Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.


Lectures are aimed to present common structure of analog and digital communication systems, to explain their basic building block function, and to show examples of recent typical systems for audio-signals, video-signals, and data transmission.
The graduate is able (1) describe architecture of common analog and digital communication systems, (2) explain basic building block functions, (3) apply some algorithms of signal processing.(4) and orientate oneself in recently used communication systems.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

COUCH, L.V. Digital and analog Communications. 6. vyd. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2001. ISBN 0273774220. (EN)
PROKEŠ, A. Komunikační systémy. Přednášky. Komunikační systémy. FEKT VUT Brno: Ústav radioelektroniky, 2011. (EN)

Recommended reading

SKLAR, B. Digital Communications: Fundamental and Applications. 3rd Edition. Pearson, 2020. ISBN 9780134588568. (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-APE Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

  • Programme AJEI-H Bachelor's

    branch H-AEI , 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



13 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


  1. History of communications
  2. Digital communication system classification and architecture
  3. Formatting and source coding; sampling; quantization; speech, audio, image, video and data compression
  4. Cryptography; block and stream ciphering; conventional and public key cryptosystems
  5. Channel coding; basic codes; Hamming, cyclic; BCH, and convolutional codes; interleaving
  6. Pulse (baseband) modulation; line codes; M-ary pulse modulation; matched filter; ISI; equalization
  7. Band-pass modulation; amplitude, phase, and frequency modulation; FSK, MPSK, MSK and MQAM modulations
  8. Multiple access; deterministic and stochastic access; FDMA; TDMA; CDMA; ALOHA; CSMA
  9. Wireless interface; transmitter; receiver; frequency bands; transmission techniques
  10. Synchronization; carrier, symbol timing, frame, and network synchronization
  11. Wired communication systems, PSTN, ISDN, and DSL, voice and data transmission
  12. Wireless communication systems; satellite communications; mobile cellular systems; WLAN;
  13. Computer networks; OSI model; network types; active network components; Ethernet; WANs; access networks


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


  • Public switched telephone network
  • Telephone services
  • Satellite communications
  • Fiber optic systems
  • Mobile radio telephone
  • Wireless area networks
  • Radio broadcasting
  • TV broadcasting
  • Computer networks
  • Internet