Mobile Communication and Networks, 6 credits (TNK110)

Mobil kommunikation och nätverk, 6 hp

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering Transportation Systems Engineering


Second cycle

Course type

Programme course


David Gundlegård

Director of studies or equivalent

Erik Bergfeldt

Available for exchange students

Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6MTSL Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics, Master's programme 2 (Spring 2017) 1, 2 1, 4 English Norrköping o

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Transportation Systems Engineering

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Intelligent Transport Systems and Logistics, Master's programme

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


Basic courses in programming and statistics as well as basic course in computer networking and/or telecommunication.

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims to provide knowledge in mobile communications, especially different system characteristics, modeling and performance. The students should after completing the course be able to:

  • Identify the most important components and functions of a mobile communication system
  • Explain the differences in characteristics between different types of mobile communication systems and motivate their existence
  • Compare and explain areas of applications for different mobile communication systems
  • Relate functions, terms and technologies to the correct level in a communication system architecture
  • Argue for the role of the mobile communication systems in different applications
  • Evaluate trade-offs between different mobile communication technologies and systems
  • Define and calculate key performance metrics of a mobile communication system
  • Assess the performance of different mobile commmunication technologies given a set of application requirements
  • Apply models and methods for planning of cellular networks
  • Quantitatively model and evaluate selected parts of a mobile communication system
  • Apply previous knowledge from statistics, modeling, programming and data/telecommunications in the area of mobile communications
  • Independently plan, perform and document a research oriented project in the area of mobile communications

Course content

Overview of modulation, channel coding, and medium access control for mobile networks. Performance metrics and trade-offs. Models for capacity, mobility and radio resource management. Network planning and dimensioning. Specific systems, such as WiFi, GPRS, and HSDPA.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, tutorials and smaller project assignment.
The course runs over the entire spring semester.


LAB1Laboratory workU, G1 credits
UPG1Project WorkU, G2 credits
TEN2Written examinationU, 3, 4, 53 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses:
Wireless Communication Systems, Network Simulation, Positioning Systems


Institutionen för teknik och naturvetenskap

Director of Studies or equivalent

Erik Bergfeldt


David Gundlegård

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 48 h
Recommended self-study hours: 112 h

Course literature

Vijay Garg, Wireless Communications and Networking, Elsevier, 2007, ISBN 978-0-12-373580-5
Vijay Garg, Wireless Communications and Networking, Elsevier, 2007, ISBN 978-0-12-373580-5
LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 1 credits
UPG1 Project Work U, G 2 credits
TEN2 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits

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