Communication and Media Engineering (CME)

Communication Networks

Recommended prior knowledge
  • Background knowledge in Communications and Networks
  • General background in Computer Science


Teaching Methods Vorlesung
Learning objectives / competencies

• Understanding general communication concepts and their practical application
• Understanding the general architecture and basic mechanisms of modern Telecommunication Networks
• Understanding role and implications of a layered communication architecture
• Obtaining the capability to analyze, organize and maintain IP networks
• Understanding performance issues in network environments and how to avoid performance bottlenecks
• Learning the terminology and methodology to be able to analyze and tune communication systems
• Identifying typical requirements and problems in network environments and devise adequate solutions (e.g. addressing, error recovery, flow control, routing)
• Having the capability to select and adequately use standard network equipment (repeater, hubs, switches, routers,..) for given tasks
• Being capable to interpret data traffic visualized over a network sniffing tool and understand the rationale of the exchanged messages
• Understanding advanced modulation and coding schemes being used in modern Telecommunication and Computer Networks
• Achieving the competence to understand, design, implement and analyze medium access control (MAC) mechanisms being used in modern Telecommunication and Computer Networks
• Achieving the competence to understand the basics of traffic engineering for the use in modern Telecommunication and Computer Networks

Duration 2
SWS 4.0
Classes 60h
Self-study / group work: 120 h
Workload 180 h
ECTS 6.0
Requirements for awarding credit points

Telecommunication Networks: written exam K60 (50 %)
Computer Networks: Klausur K60 (50 %)
Both exams must be passed

Credits and Grades

6 Credits (grades 1.0 … 5.0)


Responsible Person

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Erwin Mayer

Max. Participants 30
Recommended Semester 1+2
Frequency jedes Jahr (SS)

Master-Studiengang CME


Computer Networks

Type Vorlesung
Nr. EMI407
SWS 2.0
Lecture Content

• General Communication Concepts
• OSI and TCP/IP Reference Model
• Physical Layer
• Data Link Layer
• Network Layer
• Transport Layer
• Application Layer
• Performance Analysis


• A.S. Tanenbaum, Computer Networks, 5th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010.
• J. F. Kurose, K. W. Ross, Computer Networking (A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet), 6th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012
• Comer, Droms, Computer Networks and Internets, 6th Edition, Addison-Wesley, 2014




Telecommunication Networks

Type Vorlesung
Nr. EMI408
SWS 2.0
Lecture Content

Introduction to Cellular Networks

  • Historical overview from 1G to 4G
  • The cellular concept: frequency reuse, sectoring
  • The mobile channel: link budget, path loss models, fading
  • Capacity of fading channels

Transmission Technologies: Link

  • Modulation and Coding
  • Rate Adaptation
  • Multi-carrier modulation: OFDM

Multiple-Access Technologies

  • Scheduled multiple access: TDMA, FDMA, CDMA, SDMA
  • Random access: ALOHA and its modern variations

Further Developement: 5G


• C. Cox, An Introduction to LTE: LTE, LTE-Advanced, SAE, VoLTE and 4G Mobile Communications. Wiley, 2014.
• A. Ghosh, J. Zhang, J. G. Andrews, R. Muhamed, Fundamentals of LTE. Prentice Hall, 2010.
• A. F. Molisch, Wireless Communications. Wiley, 2011.
• A. Goldsmith, Wireless Communications, Cambridge University Press, 2005.