2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Telecommunications Engineering

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 9205
Degree Programme Class LM-27 - Telecommunications engineering
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type Double/Multiple degree
Partner Universities NTNU - NORWEGIAN UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECNOLOGY , TONGJI UNIVERSITY
Degree Programme Director Carla Raffaelli
Language English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is subjectto the possession of a three-year university degree or other suitablequalification obtained abroad. Moreover, candidates must meet the curricularrequirements and pass a test to assess their personal competences and skills.

CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS
Possession of a 1st cycle degree in one of the following classes:
- ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 270: Class L-8 - Computer Engineering DMno. 509/99: Class 9 - Computer Engineering
- Corresponding degrees from previous systems

They shall also have acquired 9 ECTS in at least 2 subjectsbetween ING-INF/01, ING-INF/02, ING-INF/03, and at least 36 ECTS in total inthe three subject groups listed below, with a minimum of 9 ECTS in each group:

- Group 1:MAT/02 Algebra, MAT/03 Geometry, MAT/05 Mathematical analysis, MAT/06Probability and Mathematical Statistics, MAT/07 Mathematical Physics, MAT/08Numerical Analysis, MAT/09 Operative Research;
- Group 2:CHIM/07 Chemical Foundations of Technologies, FIS/01 Experimental Physics,FIS/03 Matter Physics;
- Group 3:ING-INF/05 Information Processing Systems, INF/01 Computing.

Admission tothe 2nd cycle degree programme is subject to the passing of a testto assess the candidates' personal competencies and skills, which will followthe methods indicated in the degree programme teaching regulations. Englishlanguage knowledge and skills will also be tested to level B2. More detailscan be found in the Degree Programme Regulations.

Programme profile

The studyprogramme follows a learning path which is coherent with the profile of thereferred professional figures identified in the ISTAT category of professionalclassifications under point 2.1.1.4. Electronics and TelecommunicationsEngineers.

2ndcycle graduates will have in-depth knowledge of the specific subjects of thisclass, in particular in the fields of telecommunications systems and networks,information processing and transmission, telecommunication services, the designof telecommunications devices, circuits and equipment, free and guided propagationof electromagnetic fields. Ample room will be reserved for the study of modernassisted design, modelling and simulation methods. The 2nd cycleprogramme is completed by elective subjects which aim to produce professionalfigures with a broad knowledge base. The computer equipment and laboratoriesavailable for use at the university, and constantly being enhanced, allow forthe study of fields of application. Internships may also be performed incollaboration with public and private bodies and companies operating locally.

At the endof the Degree Programme, graduates will have acquired:

- In-depth knowledge of the typical systems in use in the sector;
-Proficiency in the advanced design of even particularly complex and innovativecomponents, systems, processes and services, using modern calculation anddesign methods;
- Ability todesign innovative components, systems and processes;
-Organisational and management skills even in complex industrial systems.Learning outcomes are achievedby a course curriculum aiming to produce graduates with a solid methodologicalbackground, integrated by specific practical skills deriving from targetedlaboratory experimentation, who are able to design and manage systems,processes and services both in the specific field of TelecommunicationsEngineering and in other contexts in which such technologies play an importantrole. For this purpose, 2nd cycle students are guided in theirunderstanding of problems, reference models and methods inherent to the designof modern telecommunication systems, as well as the relative standards and themost advanced technologies available for their concrete application.Methodological approaches are adopted throughout the study programme.Particular emphasis is placed on an organic focus on the fundamentalprinciples, the use of examples in the definition of technical and scientificapproaches, the presentation of environments and instruments which togethersupport the design of specific sectoral systems and architectures with a system-orientedvision. The specific skills will be completed by a solid background in physicsand mathematics, in-depth knowledge of the specific areas of study laid down inthe university degree class regulations for Computer Engineering, includingelectronic and computer engineering, also applied to business environments.

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Expected learning outcomes

KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING

Second-cycle degree's graduates have a goodcommand of the methods and techniques used to design systems andinfrastructures concerning the acquisition, processing and transfer ofinformation, in order to deploy them mainly in telecommunication-based servicesand applications, as well as in other operational contexts.

Graduates possess thorough knowledge of:

- the operational aspects of mathematics,computer science, basic sciences.

- elements of the telecommunications fields thatexpand and strengthen the skills of the bachelor's degree graduate in order todream up and apply original ideas, particularly in research fields. Such skillsinclude design and innovation competencies in breakthrough sectors, such asadvanced telecommunications systems.

Capabilities will be developed through learningactivities, complementary and integrative activities, and further activitiessuch as internships and laboratories.

Learning techniques include seminars andtraining sessions (in the classroom or lab), project work, guided study andautonomous study. Oral exams, written exams and project work are used to verifythe student's preparation.

APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING


Programme's graduates:

-are capable of applying their knowledge, assessingand solving problems stemming from new and unfamiliar topics concerning broad,interdisciplinary electronic-related contexts;

-thoroughly understand the structure andfeatures of various devices and information transmission systems, and can applysuch competencies to advanced prototypes, autonomously evaluating theirperformance and foreseeing their operation;

-are capable of independently coordinating andleading experiments, research & development, testing, and quality controlsof conventional and unconventional items;

-are capable of leading design groups to determinebest-fit solutions and eventually bring products to market, negotiating withclients in collaboration with the Sales Department, coming up with adjustmentsand innovations. In this framework, graduates should be able to fully comprehendand map buyers' needs and wants, in order to translate them into technicalparameters. Moreover, they are able to detect and break down tasks, verify workoutcomes and integrate new resources into the team;

-can perform lab simulations or designprototypes, thoroughly know industry-specific industrial processes, are able toadjust or design devices catering to specific market demands;

-can carry out lab simulations or designprototypes specific to information engineering, evaluating them with ad hocschemes.

The aforementioned capabilities will be developedthrough direct, complementary and integrative learning activities, and furtheractivities such as internships and laboratories.

Learning techniques include seminars and training sessions (in theclassroom or lab), project work, guided study and autonomous study. Oral exams,written exams and project work are used to verify the student's preparation.

MAKING JUDGEMENTS

Programme's graduates:

-stay up to date on sector-specific methods,techniques and instruments, independently or through vocational courses;

-can merge competencies and manage complexity,as well as make judgements based on incomplete or partial information, mainlyin their field of expertise but also in the general area of information engineering.Furthermore, graduates should take social and ethical responsibilities intoaccount.

The aforementioned judgement capabilities willbe developed through direct, complementary and integrative learning activities,and through further activities such as internships and laboratories.

Learning techniques include seminars and training sessions (in the classroomor lab), project work, guided study and autonomous study. Oral exams, writtenexams and project work are deployed to verify the student's preparation.


COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Programme's graduates:

-are able to effectively communicate in English, both in writing and speaking;

-can work in team;

-can interact with professionals with different backgrounds;

-are able to clearly communicate their conclusions, as well as theknowledge and principles underpinning them, to a specialist and non-specialistaudience;

The aforementioned communication capabilities willbe developed through direct, complementary and integrative learning activitiesand further activities such as internships and laboratories.

Learning techniques include seminars and training sessions (in theclassroom or lab), project work, guided study and autonomous study. Oral exams,written exams and project work are used to verify the student's preparation.

Moreover, according to the criteria of the second-cycledegree and the relevant academic bodies, compulsory class attendance andactivities to improve the four linguistic skills (reading, writing, listeningand speaking) may be required.

LEARNING ABILITIES

Programme's graduates possess adequate learning abilities, able tocontinuously update and enhance their competencies and to improve their independentdesign and research activities.

The abovementioned capabilities are obtained through the all-round teachingactivities described in the telecommunications engineering regulations, particularlythose partially carried out without supervision.

The master's degree programme involves numerous methods to verify thatlearning outcomes are fully reached.

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

OCCUPATIONALPROFILE:

Telecommunications Engineer

FUNCTION INA PROFESSIONAL CONTEXT:

The 2ndcycle degree programme in Telecommunications Engineering produces professionalfigures able to fill technical and technical-organisational roles in workingcontexts demanding the knowledge of methodological and operative aspects ofbasic sciences and engineering, also in advanced design and research contexts,privileging the specific aspects of telecommunications but without ignoringmore general areas of ICT.

Second cyclegraduates are trained to work profitably in the design, development,engineering, production, operation and maintenance of telecommunicationssystems, as well as similar areas including those of the related Classes,throughout Europe and the world.

The packageof learning activities provides graduates with specific skills that allow themto work effectively also in different professional areas, as systems analystsand/or designers in all fields of application in which telecommunicationstechnologies play an important role. The specific technical knowledge caneasily be integrated with other competencies (managerial, economic, legal,etc.).

Theprogramme outlines three typical profiles of the telecommunications engineeringprofession:

- Devicesand systems designer;

- Networksand services designer;

- Networkmanagement expert.

The followingfunctions are inherent in the above professional profiles.

TLC engineer- devices and systems designer:

- Designshardware architecture, firmware, middleware or software;

-Coordinates and manages the design of complex telecommunications systems;

- Coordinatesand manages customer relations to define the system specifications;

-Coordinates and manages the professional teams involved in the design andproduction of telecommunications systems;

-Coordinates and manages all phases of product development.

TLC engineer- networks and services designer:

- Designshardware architecture, firmware, middleware or software;

- Sizes andconfigures telecommunications networks;

-Coordinates and manages the professional teams involved in the design andproduction of telecommunications network equipment;

-Coordinates and manages all phases of network development.

TLC engineer- network management expert:

-Coordinates and manages customer relations to define the system specifications;

-Coordinates and manages the professional teams involved in the design andproduction of telecommunications services;

-Coordinates and manages all phases of network development.

COMPETENCIESASSOCIATED TO THE FUNCTION:

Thecompetencies required to perform the above functions are partiallydifferentiated for each of the three above-described profiles.

TLC engineer- devices and systems designer:

- Specificknowledge of telecommunications systems (technologies, standards, etc.),

- Specificknowledge of low-level programming languages (c, embedded c, VHDL, etc.),

- Specificknowledge of analysis and simulation tools, such as MATLAB, etc.,

-Self-learning and lifelong learning competencies;

- Strongtransversal communication and interpersonal skills;

-Organisational, managerial and programming skills;

- Stronginclination for inductive and experimental methods;

- Strongsynthesis and analytical skills.

TLC Engineer- networks and services designer:

- Specificknowledge of telecommunications systems (technologies, standards, etc.),

- Specificknowledge of high-level programming languages (Java, etc.),

- Specificknowledge of network analysis and simulation tools, such as NS3, etc.,

-Self-learning and lifelong learning competencies;

- Strongtransversal communication and interpersonal skills;

-Organisational, managerial and programming skills;

- A goodbalance of inductive and deductive methods;

- Strongsynthesis and analytical skills.

TLC Engineer- network management expert:

- Specialisttechnical and engineering skills;

- Knowledgeof design management techniques;

- Knowledgeof regulatory aspects;

- Knowledgeof logistics and infrastructure aspects;

-Self-learning and lifelong learning competencies;

- Strongtransversal communication and interpersonal skills;

- Organisational,managerial and work planning skills;

- Stronganalytical skills.

CAREEROPPORTUNITIES:

The typicalfields of employment of TLC Engineering graduates are those relating to:

- Innovationand production development,

- Advanceddesign;

- Planningand programming;

- Managementof complex systems, both in a freelance capacity and in manufacturing andservices companies, as well as in public administrations.

Graduatesmay seek employment in:

- Companiesworking in the design and production of components, devices, systems andinfrastructures for the acquisition and transmission of information and theiruse in remote applications;

-Manufacturing industries;

- Companiesproviding telecommunications and remote sensing services;

- Allproduction and operational sectors applying technologies and infrastructuresfor signal transmission and use in civil, industrial and information technologyfields;

- Land, seaand air traffic control bodies;

- Regulatorybodies;

- Public andprivate research bodies and institutes, in charge of design, research,development. Among the career areas in particular are telecommunicationssystems managers, service providers, technical and sales offices andprofessional firms, authorities including ITU, ETSI, ENAV, national and internationalagencies (TLC, ASI, ESA Authority), industries producing remote measuring,remote control and remote monitoring systems. Access to public administrationpositions is competition-based.

Theprogramme leads to qualifications in the following regulated professions:Computer Engineer.