Coded Modulation

Moduel Number: EI7412

Duration: 1 semester

Occurence: Summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Gerhard Kramer

Amount of work

Contact hours: 60

Self-studying hours: 90

Total: 150

Description of achievement and assessment methods

For succesful participation in the lecture, the student has to pass a written exam. The overall grade will be solely based on the student's result in the written exam. Students will demonstrate that they have gained both fundamental and deeper understanding in various aspects of coded modulation. They have to answer the questions with self-formulated responses and do quantitative calculations. The allowed support material is constraint to a non-programmable calculator.

Exam type: written

Exam duration: 90

Possibilityof re-taking: In the next semester: Yes  At the end of the semester: No

Homework: No

Lecture: No

Conversation: No

Written paper: No

Recommended requirements


  • Basics of digital communications
  • Basics of channel coding


This course is all about how to use channel coding for reliable data transmission at high rates over discrete-time continuous-valued channels. Covered topics:

  • The AWGN ChannelCapacity, achievable rates.
  • Digital ModulationPulse Amplitude Modulation (PAM), Amplitude Shift Keying (ASK), Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), Amplitude Phase Shift Keying (APSK).
  • Probabilistic ShapingCapacity-achieving distributions, optimization over input distributions, distribution matching.
  • CodingBit-metric decoding, Gray labeling, bit-interleaved coded modulation (BICM).
  • Receiver quantization
  • Channel measurementsCapacity estimation, coded modulation system design.

Study goals

At the end of this course, the student knows how to analyze and design digital communication systems for reliable data transmission at high data rates and understands the key principles that are used in current and future standards.

Teaching and learning methods

  • Learning method: Personal study and repeated lessons in exercises and tutorials.
  • Teaching method: During the lectures students are instructed in a teacher-centered style. The exercises are held in a student-centered way.

Media formats

The following kinds of media are used:

  • Presentations
  • Lecture notes
  • Exercises with solutions


Lecture notes with all relevant information are available.

The following literature could be used in addition:

  • Coded Modulation Systems, Anderson & Svensson (2003)