Course syllabus

Kanalkodning för tillförlitlig kommunikation
Channel Coding for Reliable Communication

EITN70, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED C/D
Date of Decision: 2023-04-18

General Information

Main field: Communication Systems.
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of this course is to give an overview of existing channel coding methods for reliable communication (also known as error control coding or forward error correction). After taking this course you should understand the basic principles of block- and convolutional codes and how to characterize their performance, know different constructions that are most commonly used in digital communication systems and know how their encoding and decoding can be implemented in practice.

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


Channel coding is at the core of any modern communication system; reliable communication would not be possible without the use of coding. When digital data is transmitted from one place to another it is always prone to noise or interference occurring in the transmission medium. For this reason all modern communication systems use some error correcting codes that add redundancy to the original data in order to protect it from errors occurring during the transmission.

The course covers the following topics:

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination (5 hours) normally consists of five problems. Approved project is a requirement to be allowed to enter the examination.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0118. Name: Written exam.
Credits: 6,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Approved written exam Contents: Written exam
Code: 0218. Name: Project.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved Project. Contents: Project


Assumed prior knowledge: For students from the E, D, C or Pi programmes: FMSF45, FMSF20 eller FMSF55 Mathematical Statistics, Basic Course. For students from the MWIR programme: EITG05 Digital Communications.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: EDI042

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Michael Lentmaier,
Course homepage:
Further information: With less than 16 participants, the course may be given with reduced teaching and more self studies.