Communication and Media Engineering

Die zentrale Idee und Vision ist es, eine wissenschaftliche und anwendungsorientierte Elite in den modernen Technologien der Telekommunikation und digitalen Medien auszubilden.



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


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


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.