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IK2651 Principles of Communications 6.0 credits

Level: Advanced

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IK2651 (Autumn 2007–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Review of signal and linear systems analysis and probability.

Linear, angle, and pulse modulation.

Random signals and noise (additive white gaussian noise).

Signal to noise ratios in analog modulations systems.

Bit error rates in data communication systems.

Introduction to information theory and coding.

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives a basic knowledge of the principles of communications. It deals with analogue and digital modulation methods, random signals and noise, information theory and coding.

After the course the participants should be able to:

-Describe and analyze e.g. signal to ratios in analogue modulated systems with additive white gaussian noise

-Describe and analyze e.g. bit error rates in digitally modulated systems with additive white gaussian noise

-Describe basic information theory and coding

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The prerequisites of the Master Program in Photonics.

Recommended prerequisites

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Ziemer and Tranter: ?Principles of Communications?, 5th ed, John Wiley 2002, ISBN 0-471-39253-7

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

One written examination (TEN1; 6 hp)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web IK2651

Offered by

ICT/Material Physics

Main field of study

Information Technology, Information and Communication Technology

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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