Communication and Media Engineering

Module Guide


Communication Networks


background knowledge in communication and networks
general background in computer science

Teaching methods Lecture
Learning target / Competences

The students:

  • understand general communication concepts and their practical application
  • understand the general architecture and basic mechanisms of modern Telecommunication Networks
  • understand role and implications of a layered communication architecture
  • obtain the capability to analyze, organize and maintain IP networks
  • understand performance issues in network environments and how to avoid performance bottlenecks
  • learn the terminology and methodology to be able to analyze and tune communication systems
  • identify typical requirements and problems in network environments and devise adequate solutions (e.g. addressing, error recovery, flow control, routing)
  • have the capability to select and adequately use standard network equipment (repeater, hubs, switches, routers,..) for given tasks
  • are capable to interpret data traffic visualized over a network sniffing tool and understand the rationale of the exchanged messages
  • understand advanced modulation and coding schemes being used in modern Telecommunication and Computer Networks
  • achieve the competence to understand, design, implement and analyze medium access control (MAC) mechanisms being used in modern Telecommunication and Computer Networks
  • achieve the competence to understand the basics of traffic engineering for the use in modern Telecommunication and Computer Networks
Duration 2
Hours per week 4.0
Classes 60h
Individual / Group work: 120 h
Workload 180 h
ECTS 6.0
Credits and grades

6 Credits (grades 1.0 … 5.0)

Responsible person

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Pfletschinger

Maximum number of participants 30
Recommended semester 1+2
Frequency Annually (ss)

Master's degree program CME


Telecommunication Networks

Type Lecture
Nr. EMI408
Hours per week 2.0

Introduction to Cellular Networks

  • Historical overview from 1G to 4G
  • The cellular concept: frequency reuse, sectoring
  • The mobile channel: link budget, path loss models, fading
  • Capacity of fading channels

Transmission Technologies: Link

  • Modulation and Coding
  • Rate Adaptation
  • Multi-carrier modulation: OFDM

Multiple-Access Technologies

  • Scheduled multiple access: TDMA, FDMA, CDMA, SDMA
  • Random access: ALOHA and its modern variations

Further Developement: 5G


  • C. Cox, An Introduction to LTE: LTE, LTE-Advanced, SAE, VoLTE and 4G Mobile Communications. Wiley, 2014.
  • A. Ghosh, J. Zhang, J. G. Andrews, R. Muhamed, Fundamentals of LTE. Prentice Hall, 2010.
  • A. F. Molisch, Wireless Communications. Wiley, 2011.

Computer Networks

Type Lecture
Nr. EMI407
Hours per week 2.0

• General Communication Concepts
• OSI and TCP/IP Reference Model
• Physical Layer
• Data Link Layer
• Network Layer
• Transport Layer
• Application Layer
• Performance Analysis



• A.S. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.
• J. F. Kurose, K. W. Ross, Computer Networking (A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet), 6th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012
• Comer, Droms, Computer Networks and Internets, 6th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2014