Course syllabus

Radio Systems

ETIN15, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board A
Date of Decision: 2016-04-05

General Information

Main field: Communication Systems.
Compulsory for: MWIR1
Elective for: C4-ks, D4, E4-ks, MSOC2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is three-fold:

Connect different technologies within the telecommunications area to a complete radio system design, optimized for a realistic transmission channel.

Illustrate different system and design compromises, such as the trade off between spectrum efficiency, system performance, and system cost. This is done with the practical implementation in mind.

Introduce models and show how theoretical analysis, computer simulations and empirical measurements can be used in combination.

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 course addresses modern radio systems, their principal design, performance analysis, and the design methodology for both complete systems as well as important sub systems. Radio system design possibilities and limitations are discussed with a starting point in the properties of radio channels. Fundamental building blocks, required to meet different system specifications, are presented and their design is discussed. System requirements considered include data rate, bit error rate, reliability, cost, complexity, etc. Both traditional systems for mobile telephony as well as modern wireless systems for data and multimedia communications are addressed. New results in the area are introduced in the form of journal paper studies, where the last year's development is summarized in a number of presentations by the students themselves.

The literature consists of a textbook, as described below, and lecture handouts. Both in English.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: The performance assessment has two components. The first part is concerned with analyzing and making an oral presentation of the contents of a scientific paper in the area of the course, in a group of two or three students. The second and grading part is a (five hour) written exam, consisting of both closed book questions and open book problems.

Code: 0111. Name: Radio Systems.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH.
Code: 0211. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


Required prior knowledge: ETT051 Digital Communications.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: ETI051

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Ove Edfors,
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