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module properties module number 5844 - common information
module number5844
departmentDepartment of Computer Science and Automation
ID of group2235 (Integrated Communication Systems)
module leaderProf. Dr. Andreas Mitschele-Thiel
term Wintersemester
previous knowledge and experienceCommunication protocols and networks, basics of mobile communications
learning outcomeThe students study the functionalities and structure of UMTS systems. The main focuses of the lecture are the network and protocol aspects of the system. Main topics of the lecture are the network architechture, network elements, protocols, and services in UMTS systems. The most important system functionalities which are considered are the mobility management, the radio resource allocation, the link and session management, QoS aspects, as well as authentification, authorisation, and accounting.
To understand the development of UMTS also GSM and its data extension GPRS are treated as they are the fundamentals of UMTS. The course also introduces new developments as HSPA, LTE and SAE. Radio aspects are not a main topic of the lecture and are only mentioned, where they influence the functionality and structure of the UMTS Network.
content- Basics of mobile communications
- GSM and GPRS
- UMTS Architecture
- Mobility management
- Connection and session management
- Wideband CDMA
- Management of radio resources
- UMTS radio access system
- UMTS services
- High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
- Long-Term Evolution (LTE)
- System Architecture Evolution (SAE)
- Basics of mobile communications
- GSM and GPRS
- UMTS architecture
- Mobility management
- Link quality
- Wideband CDMA
- Radio resource management
- UMTS radio access system
- UMTS services
media of instructionPresentations with beamer, presentation slides
literature / references- Kaaranen, Ahtiainen, Laitinen, Naghian, Niemi. UMTS Networks – Architecture, Mobility and Services. Wiley, 2001
- Schiller. Mobile Communications (German and English). Addison-Wesley, 2000
- Holma, Toskala. WCDMA for UMTS. revised edition, Wiley, 2002
evaluation of teaching


Freiwillige Evaluation:

WS 2011/12 (Vorlesung, Übung)


Details reference subject
module nameUMTS Networks
examination number2200235
credit points6
on-campus program (h)45
self-study (h)135
obligationobligatory module
examoral examination performance, 30 minutes
details of the certificate
  • The course consists of two parts: In the first part of the semester, lectures on the material are given. In the second part, individual studies (semester-long research projects that include a term paper and a presentation) help to improve understanding of the material.


  • Grading scheme: 40% term paper plus presentation, 60% oral exam (20 min, registration at ICS office in Z1031).


  • Binding registration for the exam (using Thoska or the registration form provided by the examination office IA) is required at the beginning of each semester (check the registration time window which is defined each semester) in order to participate in individual studies projects and the oral exam. As your course grade is a result of the individual studies and the oral exam, only formally registered students are eligible for participation in the individual studies and may receive credits for it.
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