81924 - Telecommunications

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Docente: Daniele Tarchi
  • Credits: 3
  • SSD: ING-INF/03
  • Language: Italian
  • Moduli: Daniele Tarchi (Modulo 1) Daniela Mazza (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Advanced Design (cod. 9256)

Learning outcomes

The module aims to provide the tools for understanding the telecommunications systems infrastructure, the backbone on which vertical services dedicated to all the human and artificial activities, are installed, in order to be able to design services and environment in an integrated manner.

At the end of the course the student is able to:

  • define the characteristics of the next-generation telecommunications infrastructure;
  • recognize the critical aspects and opportunities provided by the pervasive interconnections of human and artificial beings;
  • identify the key characteristics of the services and devices ICT-based technologies

Course contents

The course is organized in two modules.

First module contents (30 hours)

  • Introduction to the course content: The Smart* paradigms, Signals, The communication networks, Internet
  • Smart Cities and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Internet and Internet of Things
  • IoT communication requirements
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • IoT networking technologies
  • Cloud computing notes
  • IoT Verticals

Second module contents (6 hours)

  • Notes to GIS (Geographic Information System)
  • GIS in public administrations



  • Ammar Rayes, Samer Salam, "Internet of Things From Hype to Reality - The Road to Digitization," 2nd Edition, Springer, 2019

Suggested readings:

  • J. F. Kurose, and K. W. Ross "Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach", 7th edition, Pearson, 2017
  • Andrew S. Tanenbaum, e David J. Wetherall, "Computer Networks", 5th edition, Pearson, 2010

Teaching methods

The course usually requires the presence of the students in the classroom for the development of the project, although it assures remote attendance by students opting for this method.

The course is structured with a combination of ex-cathedra lessons and collective workshop activities, aimed at enhancing both the expertise learned and the design skills of the students.

Each teaching module delivers both reviews of the teaching staff to the groups, to check the progress of the project, and shared revisions, aimed to share the results obtained.

The course requires compulsory attendance, testified at each lesson by signature. Only students with an attendance rate of at least 70% of the course hours can access the exam.

Assessment methods

The exam consists in the presentation and discussion of the work carried out by the design teams, in presence or remotely.

The course also schedules intermediate reviews on the progress of the project, both for each group and collectively, including any cultural and pathway interchanges.

The final evaluation of each student will take into account the results obtained in each teaching module, the quality of the project, proactivity and participation in the course.

The final proposal, expressed in thirtieths, will be evaluated according to the following criteria which will be associated with a maximum of 6 points each:

  1. Graphic and design quality of the works
  2. Quality of the service concept
  3. Effectiveness and feasibility of the proposed solutions
  4. Consistency with the theoretical aspects outlined in the course units
  5. Communication of the project results

Teaching tools

The course usually requires the presence of students in the classroom for the development of the project, although it also ensures the remote attendance of students opting for this mode.

All phases are supervised and supported by the presence of the teachers.

The equipment supplied to the Department and the technological support to the academic activity provided by the University (screens and whiteboards, video projectors, technologies for remote connection, computer supports, etc.) are used.

Office hours

See the website of Daniele Tarchi

See the website of Daniela Mazza


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.