Communication Systems

Subject description

Fundamentals of information and communication systems. Digital transformation. Users and information-communication service and content providers, services and their application.

Communication channel model. Digital data transmission.

Purpose of layered models and communication protocols, protocol data units. OSI and TCP/IP reference models.

Examples and operation of selected systems in communication services provisioning: Ethernet,  wireless and mobile networks, Internet systems with TCP/IP,.

Fundamentals of Web applications and Web technologies. Internet of things – concept and application examples. Fundamentals of cloud services. Fundamentals of cybersecurity.

The subject is taught in programs

Electrical engineering 1st level

Objectives and competences

The objective of the course is to introduce fundamental knowledge about operation and application of information and communicaton systems.

The course combines theoretical background with practical applications and real-world examples. The topics build an integral whole, which is of interest and necessary for all students of electrical engineering and multimedia. At the same time it facilitates involvement in professional subjects on information and communicaton technologies and multimedia in the continuation of the study.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures for theoretical aspects, laboratory exercises and team-work for real-case scenarios and problem solving through project work. Part of the pedagogical process will be carried out with the help of ICT technologies and the possiblities they offer. Study visits and invited lecturers.

Expected study results

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

– list key technologies in wired, wireless and mobile networks and describe their features,

-sketch the architectures and explain the operation of IP based internet systems, mobile networks and WLAN,

-differentiate among purposes of communication protocols at various layers of TCP/IP reference model,

-explain the concept and possible use cases of the internet of things and purpose of its’ building parts,

-configure a simple home wired- and wire-less network,

-evaluate effective transfer rates in various communication systems and calculate rates, times and volumes of transferred data.

Basic sources and literature

  1. Comer, D.: Internetworking with TCP/IP, Vol 1 (6th Edition),    ISBN-10: 013608530X, 2013, Addison-Wesley.
  2. Tannenbaum, A.S.: Computer networks, 5th ed., international ed., ISBN 978-0-13-255317-9, 2011, Pearson.
  3. Stallings, W.: Data and computer communications, 10th ed., ISBN 978-0-13-350648-8, 2013, Pearson.
  4. Sauter, M., From GSM to LTE-Advanced: An Introduction to Mobile Networks and Mobile Broadband, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, 2014
  5. Članki, objavljenih v revijah, npr. / Articles published in magazines, i.e.: IEEE Communications Surveys & Tutorials,

Stay up to date

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

E: T:  01 4768 411