Fourth Year


This year is oriented on very specialized areas of telecommunications and information technologies.

4th Year CURRICULUM

Microcontrollers

At present, digital communication systems include microprocessors and microcontrollers and various signals (audio, video, and data) are transmitted. This discipline aims to provide knowledge of microprocessors and microcontrollers, specific architectures and applications. The students will write algorithms in MPLAB development environment for PIC microcontrollers.

Mobile Communications

The course allows for a detailed knowledge of cellular communication concepts, the main parameters of the mobile communication standards (GSM, UMTS, LTE), radio resource management techniques, positioning techniques and other specific services for mobile terminals.

Digital Communications

The aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of how information theory relates to the design of digital communications systems and to provide the knowledge and skills to perform design calculations on these systems. The course covers topics such integration of probability and random processes into the digital communications context, design optimum receivers and analyse the error performance of baseband and digital modulation techniques.

Electronic Technology

The aim of this course is to provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge on manufacturing technologies for printed circuit boards (PCB), PCB design tools, compatibility rules, new structures and technologies specific for modern packaging (lead-free design, system-on-a-chip, system-on-a-package) and test methodology for the multi-layer PCB.

Radiocommunications

The course is intended to offer knowledge in developing, analysing and designing of radiocommunications circuits and systems. The course also focuses on radiocommunication theory application, providing a detailed description of radiocommunications equipment’s structure, RF power amplifiers, exciters (including frequency synthesisers) analogue and digital modulation and modulators. The course provides students with the necessary skills in using a computer simulation program for designing electronic circuits used in radio-transmitters and radio-receivers’ implementation.

Computer Networks and Operating Systems

This course presents the basics of local area networks, including network models (OSI, TCP/IP, client-server, P2P), network architecture (physical and logical topologies, media access control, physical media), LAN standards (Ethernet standard family, Token-Ring, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac), TCP/IP communication protocols, IP addressing system and communication equipment (hub, switch, bridge, router).

Communication Skills

Students develop effective communication skills, improving their interpersonal and presentation abilities in a clear, concise and efficient manner.

Students learn to plan and create effective presentations and how to assess the expectations of the audience and engage with it effectively, to overcome nervousness and become more confident when speaking in public.

Management

This course introduces students to the roles and functions of managers. It aims to build a basic understanding of the concept of ‘management’ and to provide a clear and complete description of managerial concepts. The content describes the four functions of management: planning, organising, leading, and controlling. The main objective of this course is to become familiar with both the theories and practical applications of the managerial process by using a ‘learning by doing’ type of teaching.

Optical Communications

The purpose of Optical Communication lectures is to provide basic information about fibre optic systems and lightwave technology and methods for evaluating their performance. Fibres offer clear advantages over conventional transmission media; these include lower attenuation, huge bandwidth and freedom from electromagnetic interference (including electromagnetic impulse from an atomic explosion).

Microwave Circuits and Devices

In this course students will learn how to analyse and design circuits which have dimensions comparable to or larger than the wavelength (electrically large). In electronics this happens usually in very high frequency range, usually denoted as microwave frequencies. Modern high speed communications need the increased bandwidth offered by a high frequency carrier.

Electromagnetic compatibility

In this course students will cumulate theoretical and practical knowledge about the electromagnetic compatibility problems of electronic circuits. Topics include capacitive and inductive coupling generating perturbations, parasitic signals generated by ground coupling, parasitic signals from common supply sources, electromagnetic shielding of single and multiple circuits and techniques for electromagnetic compatibility measurements.

Statistical Signal Processing

The objective of Statistical Signal Processing curricular unit is to provide a broad and coherent treatment of statistical signal processing concepts, techniques and algorithms, namely for discrete-time signal modelling, optimum estimation and filtering and power spectrum estimation. These tools are general for applications dealing with information extraction in scenarios governed by random processes and probabilistic models.