Study Guide@lith

Linköping Institute of Technology

Valid for year : 2017
TSKS05 Communication Systems project course, 12 ECTS credits.
/Kommunikationssystem CDIO/

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The Entrepreneurship part overlaps with other CDIO courses and cannot be included more than once in a degree. Exchange students may apply for the course after arrival to LiTH but before it starts. The international officer for exchange studies must be contacted before applying.


Prel. scheduled hours: 12
Rec. self-study hours: 308

  Area of Education: Technology

Main field of studies: Electrical Engineering

  Advancement level (G1, G2, A): A

The project shall be carried out using industrial practice, and it shall develop and consolidate competence in the following areas:
  • Apply knowledge and methods from previous courses and when necessary new knowledge shall be developed.
  • Integrate knowledge from different disciplines, such as communication systems, signal processing, computer programming, etc. and apply this knowledge in new contexts.
  • Define requirements for the project based on preliminary specifications, and investigate the conditions under which the project work can be carried out.
  • Present the project outcome for the customer and other students, whom are not expected to be experts within the fields of expertise of the students who carried out the work.
  • Show the ability to, and in an independent way, manage the project work using a project model and with limited support in terms of supervision.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate a project.
  • Analyze and break down problems.
  • Take initiative and find creative solutions.
  • Actively contribute to the forming of a well functioning project group.
The result of the project work shall be:
  • Of high technical quality and be based on state-of-the-art knowledge and methods in communication systems.
  • Documented in terms of a project plan, a project schedule, and a technical report.
  • Presented orally as well as with a poster.
  • Evaluated in a review report.
A purpose for the course is also for the students to acquire knowledge and abilities within the general area of entrepreneurship, with particular focus on business planning for new ventures. After the course, students should be able to:
  • account for models that describe what it takes for a new venture to have a stable basis for further development and to assess the level of development of ventures using such models; and
  • account for the information and analyses needed to evaluate a development project from a business point of view and have the ability to collect and analyze relevant information for the purpose.

Prerequisites: (valid for students admitted to programmes within which the course is offered)
Signals and Systems, Signal theory, Digital Communication, and at least one or more more advanced level communication related courses, like for example Digital communication continuation course or Radio Communication. Basic computer programming skills is necessary, preferrably in an object oriented language.

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshhold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Some initial lectures, followed by self studies and project work. Each project group, which is formed by 5–8 students, will be assigned a supervisor to support its work. The students also have limited help from technical experts.

Before the project work is started, the project group shall negotiate a requirement specification with the customer, and write a project plan and a time plan for the project. The project shall be carried out according to the LIPS project model. The project documents shall adhere to the templates that are part of the LIPS model.
The course runs over the entire autumn semester, with a higher workload during the second study period.

Course contents:
The project will be closely related to the ongoing research within the divisions of Communication Systems and Information Coding or to companies working in these areas. The project will use and apply knowledge and methods from other communication related courses.
More details about this year's project can be found on the course web page.

Course literature:
Books from previous studies and other project related literature, which is specified on the course web page. On the course web page, there may also be supplementary downloadable course material. A compendium about the LIPS project model, which can be bought at Bokakademin.

Project work
Entrepreneurship assignments
Grades are given as ’Fail’ or ’Pass’.

Course language is Swedish/English.
Department offering the course: ISY.
Director of Studies: Klas Nordberg
Examiner: Danyo Danev
Link to the course homepage at the department

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Last updated: 05/30/2016