Course detail

Communication systems 2

FEKT-BKC-KS2Acad. year: 2019/2020

Following the subject Communication systems 1, students first become familiar with radio interface of communication systems (radio receiver and transmitter conception and architecture, level of their digitization, software defined radio) and with the specific building blocks function (amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, frequency synthesizers, filters, etc.). In the next part, the introduction to the current wireless communication systems will be given (fundamentals of radio and television broadcasting, satellite communications, cellular radiocommunication systems, etc.). Following part will be aimed at voice and data transmission via public switched telephone networks (network digitalization, modems, ISDN and xDSL technologies). Last part of the subject will be focused at the data transmission and network technologies (fundamentals of optical communication, network topologies, wireles networks PAN, LAN a WAN, digital hierarchy SDH/SONET, network components, protocols and services, etc.).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to:
1. Orientate oneself in current wired, optical and wireless communication systems for the transmission of audio, video and data signals,
2. describe their architecture, eventual network structure and communication protocols used,
3. explain and apply methods of signal processing and techniques of sharing of communications resources,
4. explain their specific circuit solution especially with the focus on radiocommunication systems


Fundamentals of signal processing, electronics, and communication systems at the BPC-KS1 course level are required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

CHIEN, Ch. Digital Radio on a Chip. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell 2000 (EN)
PROKEŠ, A. Rádiové přijímače a vysílače. Přednášky. Rádiové přijímače a vysílače. Přednášky. FEKT VUT Brno, Ústav radioelektroniky: MJ Servis s.r.o., 2002. ISBN: 80-214-2263- 7. (CS)
ŽALUD, V. Moderní radioelektronika. Praha, BEN, 2000 (CS)
COUCH, L.V. Digital and analog Communications. 6. vyd. Upper Saddle River, Prentice Hall, 2001 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Methods include lectures and laboratory exercises. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Students can obtain 25 points for the activity in laboratory exercises. The final exam is awarded by 75 points (maximally).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Basic architectures of radio receivers and transmitters with analogue and digital signal processing.
2. Principle and operation of analogue blocks. Oscillators, synthesizers, mixers, amplifiers, filters.
3. Software defined radio. ADC and DAC converters, bandpas sampling. Algorithms and building blocks.
4. Digital realization of mixers, filters, synthesizers. Methods of hardware implementation.
5. Analog and digital systems for radio and television broadcasting. DAB, DMB, DVB, Radio mondiale.
6. Cellular radiotelephone systems. GSM, UMTS, LTE. Cordless Phones. DECT.
7. Satellite communication. Transponders. Transmission of TV broadcasts, phone calls, and data.
8. Public switched telephone network. Call and data transfer. ISDN networks. xDSL technology.
9. Optical communication systems. Optical fibers, terminal equipment. ISO/OSI reference model.
10. Subdivision of computer networks. Network architectures (Token-Ring, Ethernet, FDDI, ATM).
11. Wireless networks PAN, LAN a WAN. SDH/SONET networks. Network components and protocols.
12. Ethernet. TCP/IP network architecture. Layer protocols.
13. Internet. History and services.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the current wired, optical and wireless communication systems for the transmission of audio, video and data signals, to show their architecture, methods of signal processing, techniques of sharing of communications resources, communication protocols, and eventual network structure, to explain their specific circuit solution especially with the focus on radiocommunication systems.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BKC-EKT Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer