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Type of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that the student gets basic knowledge in telecommunications as well as insights in the theory, implementation, and applications of digital signal processing.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to
- understand telecommunications
- treat digital signals mathematically
- process digital media in the form of text, graphics, audio, and video

Course contents

A. Telecommunication
1. Information, Data and Signals
2. User Services, Standards
3. Speech Encoding
4. Protocols and OSI Model
5. Transfer Modes, Transmission Media and Parameters
6. Network Intelligences
7. Modulation, Multiplexing
8. Trunk and Access Networks
9. Surplus Value Services
10. Signaling
11. Network Administration
12. Network Design
13. PSTN
14. Introduction to RF Technology
15. Wireless Communications
15.1 PLMN (Mobile Phone Technology)
16. Multimedia Networking
B. Theory of DSP
1. Introduction
2. Signals and Spectra
2.1 Signals and Fourier Transform
2.2 Linear Systems
3. Sampling
3.1 Sampling in Time and Spectrum - Sampling
3.2 Oversampling and Subsampling
4. Quantising
4.1 Analog/Digital-Converter
4.2 Quantising Curve and Dynamic
4.3 Quantising Error and Quantising Noise
4.4 Digital/Analog-Converter
5. FIR-Filters (Transversal Filters)
5.1 Basics
5.2 Realization
C. Application of DSP in multimedia and in media
1. Audio
2. Graphics
3. Video
4. Data Compression (JPEG, MPEG)

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Elementary Mathematics

Previous course names

ABC of DSP, 2001-2006

Recommended or required reading

Ericsson och Telia: Att förstå telekommunikation, Del 1 och 2, Studentlitteratur 1996. Available in the handbook collection in the library of Arcada.
Other DSP course literature is specified by course teachers during the course

Study activities

  • Lectures - 66 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 8 hours
  • Individual studies - 22 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 27 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 123 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 123 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the following examinations:
final exam
exam in 'ABC of DSP'
approved exercises
The examinations contribute to the final grade as follows:
final exam 60%
exam in 'ABC of DSP' 40%


  • Biström Johnny
  • Pulkkis Göran
  • Lindqvist Claus


Pulkkis Göran

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

Assessment methods

  • 2012-11-01 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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