2023-2024 / ELEN0008-1

Principles of analog and digital telecommunications systems


26h Th, 26h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Aerospace Engineering5 crédits 
 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Marc Van Droogenbroeck

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Table of contents: introduction, signals and telecommunications systems, continuous wave modulation, random variables, stochastic processes and noise, propagation and radio systems, introduction to digitization, digital baseband transmission, digital modulation, main principles of GSM networks, detection/error codes, GSM/4G/5G networks

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • understand and exploit the theoretical and practical considerations involved in telecommunications;
  • explain the origin of the major limitations of transmission systems;
  • describe and model a signal that is transmitted in a communication channel;
  • understand some large telecommunications systems.
In addition, exercises sessions will help students to integrate theoretical concepts and to apply them.

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.1, I.2, III.1, V.1, V.2 of the BSc in engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Bases in mathematics, probability theory, signal processing, and wave propagation

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is based on "ex-cathedra" lectures and practical courses. The "ex-cathedra" lectures describe in detail the basic theoretical concepts involved in telecommunications systems. The practical courses involve exercise sessions.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

No podcasts

Recommended or required readings

Electronic documents are available on the ORBI http://orbi.ulg.ac.be/].

See description in french

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Written examination (closed-book) comprising theoretical and practical questions.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is organized as a series of blocks of 4 hours, typically 2h of theory plus 2h of exercices.


Teacher : M. Van Droogenbroeck (04/366 26 93) Secretary : 04/ 366 26 91 Assistant : Renaud Vandeghen

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