ELT-40007 Basic Course on Communications Engineering, 5 cr

Additional information

The course introduces the basic concepts and operating principles for understanding the current and future communications systems. It is explained during the course, how data is transferred efficiently from a transmitter to a receiver, and how the properties of transmission medium affect the achievable data transfer rate. In addition, the course describes how single devices together form complete communications networks. The course also concretizes the significance of communications engineering in the present-day society, which is evolving due to digitalization.

Only one of the courses ELT-40007, ELT-40006, ELT-40002, ELT-40001, ELT-40000 can be included to university degrees.

Person responsible

Markus Allen


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
ELT-40007 2019-01 3 Markus Allen
Project work and exam. (It is also possible to achieve course grade 1 without taking an exam by actively participating to lectures and making the project work.)

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, the student 1) understands the significance of communications engineering in modern society and knows its main technological trends, 2) knows the essential terminology of communications engineering and is able to use it correctly, 3) knows transmission media and their fundamental properties, 4) knows the most essential analog and digital modulations, 5) knows the essential operational blocks of transmitters and receivers and is able to explain their general working principles, 6) is able to analyze TCP/IP protocols and traffic in a communications network.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. The basics of analog and digital transmission. The operational blocks of transmitter and receiver and their functions.     
2. Transmission media: copper wires and optical fibers. Radio waves and antennas.     
3. Analog and digital modulations. Signal-to-noise ratio. Symbol error ratio.     
4. Wired and wireless communications networks. Synchronization and frame structures. Multiplexing. Local area network and the protocols of internet.     
5. The future of communications engineering and main technological trends.     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

The exam evaluates how well the student has learned the core content of the course. The laboratory part of the course assignment and the related written report reveals student's ability to apply the learned core content to practical measurement tasks.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Partial passing:

Completion parts must belong to the same implementation

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Additional information Examination material
Book   Data and Computer Communications   William Stallings   978-1-292-01438-8       No   
Lecture slides   Lecture slides of Basic Course on Communications Engineering   Markus Allen         Yes   


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
ELT-10002 Signaalit ja mittaaminen Advisable   1
ELT-10017 Signals and Measurements Advisable   1

1 . Finnish or English implementation

Additional information about prerequisites
Or equivalent knowledge acquired in other prior studies, essentially meaning basic math related to sinusoidal signals.

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
ELT-40007 Basic Course on Communications Engineering, 5 cr ELT-40006 Basic Course on Communications Engineering, 4 cr  

Updated by: Turjanmäki Pia, 04.03.2019