Communication Systems and Networks, 30 op

Opintokokonaisuuden tyyppi

Advanced Studies


Mikko Valkama, Markku Renfors, Evgeny Kucheryavy


- ** Networking focus area
This area covers various aspects of wired and wireless packet switched networks and Future Internet. The compulsory courses focus on local and wide area wireless and wired networks providing an in-depth knowledge of concepts like TCP/IP protocols suite, MAC-level algorithms and methods, and networking paradigms (e.g. peer-to-peer networking). Optional courses cover various advanced subjects including the network planning and dimensioning, traffic modeling, performance analysis, and simulation of wireless networks. Related research areas include the development of concepts and technologies for the future evolution of cellular systems (beyond LTE), internet of things, and nanonetworking. Special courses are tageted on covering these research areas.
- **Radio Systems and Networks focus area
This focus area develops skills for deep understanding and practical optimization and planning of wireless radio communication systems and networks, like 3GPP HSPA, LTE, LTE-Advanced, and 5G New Radio, as well as IEEE 802.11 type WiFi systems, based on comprehensive understanding of radio communications, radio propagation and system-level RF issues. It introduces the fundamental aspects of optimizing the radio access system performance through the modulation, detection and coding techniques and through the design of the radio network topology and radio resource management functions. In-depth understanding of waveform, digital modulation and coding related aspects is also developed during the studies.
- The student attains comprehensive capabilities to understand, analyze and apply the key techniques of the chosen focus area as used in existing and emerging communication systems and networks, together with related design methodologies and design tools to develop new technologies and innovations for future systems and networks. On top of this the student develops sufficient background for doctoral studies in the field of communications engineering.

For a chosen focus area this includes:
- advanced practical skills in the chosen focus area;
- good theoretical knowledge of essential aspects of the chosen area;
- advanced knowledge of modern wireless systems and networks;
- advanced understanding of modern subjects and trends in the communications engineering field;
- wireless/wired network analysis and dimensioning;
- open problems in the chosen area.
- This advanced module can be studied either with 30 cr or 50 cr. In the 50 cr version, student can still deepen his understanding within the selected focus area, or combine widescale understanding of the two focus areas, or also partially complement his/her backround knowledge in the area of communications systems and networks.
- This study module is meant for Finnish students and international students who started in 2016 or earlier.


Opintokokonaisuus Opintopisteet P/S Lisätiedot
Tietoliikennetekniikka 30 op Advisable Alternative prerequisite modules. The contents should reflect the pre-requisites of the chosen Focus Area of the Communication Systems and Networks major.
Tietoliikennetekniikka, aineopinnot valinnaisina opintoina 25 op Advisable Alternative prerequisite modules. The contents should reflect the pre-requisites of the chosen Focus Area of the Communication Systems and Networks major.


Pakolliset opintojaksot

In addition to the Wireless Networking course, other compulsory courses depend directly on the focus area, and are listed under Optional Compulsory Courses section. Notice that the following prerequisites of the selected focus area should be included in BSc or other MSc level modules: ELT-41307 Communication Theory and ELT-41206 Basic Course on Wireless Communications are mandatory prerequisite courses for Radio Systems and Networks focus area. ELT-41206 Basic Course on Wireless Communications and ELT-51107 Computer Networking I are recommended prerequisite courses for Networking focus area.

Opintojakso Opintopisteet Vuosikurssi
ELT-53307 Wireless Networking 5 op IV  
Yhteensä 5 op  

Pakolliset vaihtoehtoiset opintojaksot

In addition to the Compulsory course, you must select one focus area and follow the corresponding requirements when selecting the Optional Compulsory Courses and Complementary Courses.

Opintojakso Opintopisteet Vaihtoehtoisuus Vuosikurssi
ELT-43007 Digital Communication 7 op 1   IV  
ELT-43506 Communication Systems Laboratory Course 5-9 op 1   V  
ELT-45207 Radio Network Planning 6 op 1   IV  
ELT-51007 Networking Laboratory I 5 op 2   IV  
ELT-53108 Computer Networking II 5 op 2   IV  

1. Valittava 2 opintojaksoa. Radio Systems and Networks focus area: choose ELT-43506 and either or both of ELT-43007 and ELT-45207.
2. Valittava 2 opintojaksoa. Networking focus area: Choose ELT-51006 and ELT-53107

Täydentävät opintojaksot

Also unused alternatives from "Optional Compulsory" course lists may be included.

Should be completed to the minimum study module extent of 30 ETCS

Opintojakso Opintopisteet Additional information Vuosikurssi
ELT-43106 Multicarrier and Multiantenna Techniques 5 op 1 IV  
ELT-43307 Advanced Course in Digital Communication 6 op V  
ELT-43406 5G Mobile Communications 3 op V  
ELT-43456 Internet-of-Things Wireless Communications 3 op V  
ELT-44007 Radio Architectures and Signal Processing 6 op V  
ELT-45006 Radio Propagation in Wireless Networks 3 op 1 IV  
ELT-45106 RF Equipment for Wireless Networks 3 op 1 IV  
ELT-45306 Advanced Course on Wireless Communications 5 op 1 V  
ELT-45406 Radar and Professional Radio Communication Systems 5 op V  
ELT-46006 Introduction to Satellite Positioning 5 op IV  
ELT-46106 Satellite Navigation Receivers 5 op V  
ELT-53006 Networking Laboratory II 3-5 op 2 IV  
ELT-53208 P2P Systems and Blockchain Technologies 5 op V  
ELT-53408 Special Course on Networking 5 op V  
ELT-53506 Seminars Course on Networking 3-6 op 2 V  
ELT-53608 Network Analysis and Dimensioning 5 op V  
TIE-31106 Cryptography Engineering 5 op 2 IV  
TIE-52107 Internet of Things 5 op V  

1. Radio Systems and Networks focus area: You must choose at least 10 credits from this set, considering also prerequisites of selected optional compulsory courses.
2. Networking focus area: You must choose at least 10 credits from this set.


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.

Päivittäjä: Torikka Mari, 19.12.2018