Course syllabus

Information Theory

EITN45, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2013/14
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2013-04-15

General Information

Main field: Communication Systems.
Elective for: C4, C4-ks, D4, D4-ks, E4, E4-ks, E4-f, F4, MWIR1, Pi4, Pi4-ssr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of this course is to give the students knowledge of principles for information storage and transmission of information, and the use of binary representation of information. The course also gives knowledge of the prestanda and fundamental boundaries of todays and tomorrows communication systems.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The definition of information goes back to Shannons landmark paper in 1948. His theory of how information can be processed is the basis of all efficient digital communication systems both today and tomorrow. This course provides an up-to-date introduction to topic information theory. The course emphasizes both the formal development of the theory and the engineering implications for the design of communication systems and other information handling systems. The course includes:

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Hand in problems and home exam.


Required prior knowledge: FMS012 Mathematical Statistics, Basic Course. ETT051 Digital Communications
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: EIT080

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Universitetslektor Stefan Höst,