Wireless Communications and RF Systems, 50 cr

Type of the study module

Advanced Studies

Contact

Mikko Valkama, Markku Renfors

Learning Outcomes

- ** High Frequency Techniques focus area:
This focus area offers comprehensive understanding on high frequency electronics, circuits and techniques, with strong focus on relevant electromagnetic phenomena and characteristics. Central elements include high frequency circuit and antenna design and radio frequency measurement fundamentals.
- ** Navigation and Positioning focus area:
This focus area gives thorough understanding and competence related to positioning systems and devices, including not only satellite based positioning but also other modern positioning techniques. Performance optimization, device-level signal processing, computing platforms and circuit structures, and navigation calculus are some of the central elements in this focus area.
- ** Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits focus area:
This focus area provides deep knowledge on radio transceiver circuits and systems and in particular radio frequency integrates circuits (RFIC's) in wireless communications devices. Big emphasis is on modern computer aided design, analysis and measurement tools and silicon processes.
- ** Wireless Systems focus area:
This focus area provides comprehensive understanding of the fundamental digital communication and operating principles of all modern and emerging wireless systems, and associated transmitter and receiver modules. The studies can be further tailored and deepened towards profound understanding of digital communication techniques and methods (modulation, coding and detection schemes, radio interface design), mobile cellular systems and associated planning and optimization solutions, analog and digital signal processing in radio communications devices, radio transceiver solutions, and digital computing platforms.
- After studying and completing this major, the student has deep competence, fundamental understanding and practical skills to act as an R&D engineer, system designer or in other demanding expert and engineering duties in wireless communications and RF systems related industries. Depending on the chosen focus area, the skills can be tailored towards wireless communications systems, high-frequency/RF circuits and techniques or navigation and positioning. Modern design, analysis, simulation, and measurement methodologies and tools have big emphasis, to support demanding R&D and product engineering and innovations creation in the industry.
- In general, after completing the Wireless Communications and RF systems major, students are familiar with the modern design, analysis, simulation and measurement tools and methodologies, and can also understand and recognize open problems, challenges and trends within their focus area(s).
- The study module provides also sufficient and good background for doctoral studies in the wireless communications and RF systems field.
- This study module is meant for international students who started in 2017 or later.

Content

Compulsory courses

Recommeded years of study are marked below from the MSc study phase point of view, i.e., 4 = 1st year of MSc study phase, 5 = 2nd year of MSc study phase

Course Credit points Class
ELT-41206 Basic Course on Wireless Communications 5 cr IV  
ELT-41307 Communication Theory 7 cr IV  
ELT-41727 Practical RF Electronics: First Principles Applied 5 cr IV  
ELT-43506 Communication Systems Laboratory Course 5-9 cr V  
Total 22 cr  

Optional Compulsory Courses

Student must select one focus area and follow the corresponding requirements when selecting the Optional Compulsory Courses and Complementary Courses.

Course Credit points Alternativity Class
ELT-41736 Analysis of Electromagnetic Systems 5 cr 4   IV  
ELT-41826 Micro Electronics I 5 cr 3   IV  
ELT-41836 Micro Electronics II 5 cr 3   IV  
ELT-43007 Digital Communication 7 cr 1   IV  
ELT-43106 Multicarrier and Multiantenna Techniques 5 cr 1   IV  
ELT-45306 Advanced Course on Wireless Communications 5 cr 1   V  
ELT-46006 Introduction to Satellite Positioning 5 cr 2   IV  
ELT-46106 Satellite Navigation Receivers 5 cr 2   IV  
ELT-47206 Basics of RF Engineering 5 cr 4   IV  
ELT-47226 Basic RF Measurements 4 cr 4   V  
ELT-47426 Transmission Lines and Waveguides 5 cr 4   IV  
ELT-48116 CMOS Integrated Circuits I 5 cr 3   IV  
ELT-48126 CMOS Integrated Circuits II 5 cr 3   IV  
TIE-52206 Inertial Sensors and Their Applications 5 cr 2   IV  

1. Select 3 courses. Wireless Systems focus area
2. Select 3 courses. Navigation and Positioning focus area
3. Select 4 courses. RF Integrated Circuits focus area
4. Select 4 courses. High-Frequency Techniques focus area

Complementary Courses

Should be completed to the minimum study module extent of 50 ETCS

Course Credit points Additional information Class
ELT-43307 Advanced Course in Digital Communication 6 cr 1 V  
ELT-43406 5G Mobile Communications 3 cr 1 V  
ELT-43456 Internet-of-Things Wireless Communications 3 cr 1 V  
ELT-44007 Radio Architectures and Signal Processing 6 cr 3 V  
ELT-44606 Digital Circuits and Platforms 5 cr V  
ELT-45006 Radio Propagation in Wireless Networks 3 cr 2 IV  
ELT-45106 RF Equipment for Wireless Networks 3 cr 3 IV  
ELT-45207 Radio Network Planning 6 cr 1 IV  
ELT-45406 Radar and Professional Radio Communication Systems 5 cr 1 V  
ELT-47226 Basic RF Measurements 4 cr 3 V  
ELT-47246 Passive RF Circuits 5 cr 4 IV  
ELT-47266 Active RF Circuits 5 cr 4 V  
ELT-47286 RF Project 10 cr 4 V  
ELT-47436 Antennas I 5 cr 4 IV  
ELT-47447 Antennas II 5 cr 4 IV  
ELT-47466 Antenna Project 4-6 cr 4 IV  
TIE-50106 Digital Design 5 cr IV  
TIE-50407 Data Processing Implementations 5 cr V  
TIE-50506 System Design 5 cr V  
TIE-52107 Internet of Things 5 cr V  

1. Wireless Systems focus area; these courses are good alternatives in this focus area but also other courses can be selected, including also all the courses listed under Optional Compulsory Courses and Complementary Courses categories.
2. Navigation and Positioning focus area; these courses are good alternatives in this focus area but also other courses can be selected, including also all the courses listed under Optional Compulsory Courses and Complementary Courses categories.
3. RF Integrated Circuits focus area; these courses are good alternatives in this focus area but also other courses can be selected, including also all the courses listed under Optional Compulsory Courses and Complementary Courses categories.
4. High-Frequency Techniques focus area; these courses are good alternatives in this focus area but also other courses can be selected, including also all the courses listed under Optional Compulsory Courses and Complementary Courses categories.

Additional information

The whole modern society is strongly relying on broadband data communications and corresponding communication networks and services. This covers all areas of life, personal and professional. This trend is expected to continue and expand further, through the ongoing and all-encompassing digitalization process, which will eventually penetrate all industries and the whole society. This, together with the emerging Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Industrial Internet (or Industry 4.0) paradigms, raises the capacity, latency and other performance requirements of the communication networks, and wireless communications in particular, to a whole new level compared to the existing systems and solutions.

Another prevailing trend in the society and industries is related to robotization and other different autonomous moving objects and machines, such as self-driving cars and drones, which also rely strongly on highly efficient and reliable wireless communications solutions. Digitalization, IoT and robotization are all areas that are also strongly connected to high-efficiency wireless positioning and localization information, both indoors and outdoors. An additional longer term aspect is related to the concept of nano-networks, e.g., in medical field, where nano-scale objects such as different implantable nano-chips and sensors communicate and network with each other. This ties in well with one of the current global mega-trends, namely health technologies, in particular in terms of seeking to provide personalized and proactive healthcare for citizens.

By studying this major, you obtain deep and thorough theoretical and practical understanding and skills to act as an expert in the future programmable and connected world.

Updated by: Viitala Anna-Mari, 15.03.2019