87202 - Communication Theory and Coding M

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

Quality education Decent work and economic growth Industry, innovation and infrastructure Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will have knowledge of the essential constructs underpinning Communication Theory and its application in telecommunications systems. In particular, the student will master the fundamentals of Information Theory, Decision Theory, and Estimation Theory, as well as their practical application to Channel Coding for error protection.

Course contents

Part I (20 lessons)

1) Introduction to Communications Theory

2) Information Theory: fundamentals

3) Information and entropy for discrete random variables

4) Information Theory for continuous random variables

Part II (15 lessons)

5) Channel coding: block and convolutional coding

6) Digital modulation techniques

Part III (25 lessons)

7) Detection and estimation theory: fundamentals

8) Detection in digital receivers

9) Decoding of coded signals

10) Applications




- Course handouts


- T.M. Cover, J.A.Thomas, Elements of Information Theory, New York, Wiley, 1991.

- Van Trees, Harry L. Detection, estimation, and modulation theory, part I: detection, estimation, and linear modulation theory. John Wiley & Sons, 2004.


Teaching methods

Lectures and practical examples. Attending all classes and taking personal notes is highly recommended. Group work can be exploited as needed on specific application examples.

Assessment methods

The final exam is organised as an oral verification.

During the colloquium, both practical and theoretical questions will be formulated.

The student is expected to show familiarity with the fundamental concepts of communications theory, with an ability to prove statements and apply the concepts to practical applications.

Office hours

See the website of Giovanni Emanuele Corazza