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:

Wednesday, February 14th 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Thursday, February 22nd 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm

Monday, February 26th 2018
2:00pm - 3:00pm


The exam is held orally on 02.03. before midday. Dates are given by arrangement. Please contact Ms Sedgwick ,




Date will be announced.



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