Master's Programme in Information and Communication Technology
Master's Programme in Information and Communication Technology (5 years)
Language of instruction
Upon successful completion of the course, the students should
Understand the principles and limitations of different radio access techniques in mobile communication networks, from first to fourth generation
Understand the key components and protocols of cellular core networks from circuit-switched to packet-switched and towards all-IP
Have knowledge on the major trends and technologies for next generation cellular networks
Have knowledge on performance evaluation of existing and future mobile networking technologies
The main goal of this course is to provide the students with knowledge on cellular networks from first generation to today's fourth generation and tomorrow's fifth generation, including both radio access networks and core networks.
The course covers the following topics:
Overview of communication networks from circuit-switched to packet-switched
Medium access mechanisms for cellular radio access networks such as TACS/AMPS, GSM, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, and LTE/LTE-A
Architectures and protocols for cellular core network evolution towards an all IP-based network
Mobile communication beyond 2020: What is 5G?
Quality of service in cellular networks and network performance evaluation
Lectures, compulsory exercises, and self-study. Work load for the average student is approximately 200 hours.
Students must pass the compulsory assignments in order to take the examination. Information about compulsory assignments will be given in Canvas at the start of the course.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination, 4 hours. Graded assessment.
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1. Information about evaluation method for the course will be posted on Canvas.