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Course details 2012-2013  
Telecommunication Systems
Course Code :1001WETTEL
Study domain:Computer Science
Semester:Semester: 1st semester
Contact hours:60
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction :Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Chris Blondia


1. Prerequisites

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
Specific prerequisites for this course:
The student has a profound knowledge of layered architecture of communication systems. The student has an overview of the most important protocols of each layer, such as ethernet, IP, TCP, IEEE802.11,

2. Learning outcomes

The student is expected to acquire insight into the principal contemporary telecommunications systems, with regard to backbone networks as well as access networks.

This learning outcome corresponds to the general learning outcomes defined for a bachelor in computer science:

- the student is able to solve problems related to communication networks, using the knowledge he/she has acquired.

- the student is able to implement a network protocol, where choices need to be made concerning the software to be used, the integration with other components, etc...

- since the assignments are made in a small group, communication with colleagues is very important.


3. Course contents

The purpose of this course is to discuss the architecture and functioning of a number of contemporary telecommunications systems . Use is made of the ISO reference model previously studied in the Computer Networks course (1st Bachelor). More specifically, the following telecommunications systems are dealt with: telephony networks, SDH /PDH networks,  ISDN networks, ATM networks, TCP /IP networks (Internet) with emphasis on Quality of Service support, access networks (APON, ADSL/VDSL), mobile networks (GSM, GPRS), Wireless LAN .  Besides the general principles applied in the design and application of such networks, the course also considers the architectural aspects.


4. Teaching method

Class contact teaching:
  • Lectures
  • Laboratory sessions

  • Project-based work:
  • In group

  • 5. Assessment method and criteria

  • Written without oral presentation
  • Closed book
  • Practical examination

  • Presentation

    6. Study material

    Required reading

    Slides available from


    Optional reading

    The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:
    More information on the subjects discussed in this course can be found in:  
    W. Stallings, Data en computer communications (MacMillan)  
    F. Halsall, Data communications, computer networks and open systems (Addison-Wesley) 
    A. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks (Prentice-Hall) 
    J. Kurose, K. Ross, Computer Networking, a top-down approach featuring the Internet, Addison-Wesley, 2001

    7. Contact information
    Lecturer: Prof. Dr. C. Blondia tel. 03 2653903 Gebouw G, CMI, bureel G1.04a 
    Assistants: Bart Braem en Michael Voorhaen / tel 03 26533291 Gebouw G, CMI, bureel G3.30

    (+)last update: 22/08/2011 16:57 chris.blondia