Forward Error Correction and Digital Modulation

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Lecturer: Dr.-Ing. Marc Adrat

Contact: Tim SchmitzMatthias Schrammen

Type: Part of a master program

Credits: 4

Campus Lecture
Campus Exercise
Learning room L2P 
(Registration via campusOffice)

Course language: English

Lecture notes and exercise problems all in English and are sold in the first lecture as well as by Irina Ronkartz.



from Thursday, April 20th, 2017
08.30am - 10.00am
Seminar room 4G at IKS


from Thursday, April 20th, 2017
10.15am - 11.00am
Seminar room 4G at IKS

Consultation hours:

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Seminar room 4G IKS

Monday, July 31st, 2017
Seminar room 4G IKS

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
Seminar room 4G IKS


Friday, August 4th, 2017
11:30 - 13:00
Lecture room Gr Audimax

Exam duration: 1.5 hours

Remarks: The exam is in written form. The date corresponds also to the proof of achievements (Leistungsnachweise) in written form.

Resources: The exam is held with open books excluding programmable pocket calculators and communication devices.

Please note: Please bring along your student ID (BlueCard)!


Friday, September 1st, 2017
02:00pm - 03:00pm
Seminar room 4G at IKS



This lecture is part of the master program Electrical Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Engineering in the following majors: Communications Engineering


This one-semester course is part of the Master Programme Communications Engineering at RWTH. The lecture Forward Error Correction and Digital Modulation addresses the aspects of channel coding and digital modulation in modern communication systems. The first part of the lecture covers different standard techniques of channel coding for error correction and error detection

  • Linear Block Codes
  • Cyclic Codes 
  • Convolutional Codes and their decoding
  • Turbo Codes

In the second part the lecture deals the baseband and the bandpass transmission

  • Digital Modulation
  • Intersymbol Interference
  • Matched Filter

Furthermore, applications are discussed such as

  • GSM (cyclic codes, convolutional codes)
  • UMTS (Turbo codes)


The results of the evaluation of the last years are summarized below.

Summer term 2016

Participants of the evaluation: 8

Global grade: 1.5
Concept of the lecture: 1.3
Instruction and behavior: 1.7

Global grade: 1.4
Concept of the exercise: 1.5
Instruction and behavior: 1.4