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1. General information
ECTS credits:
Academic year:
First quarter
Main language:
Second language:
Use of additional languages:
English Friendly:
Web site:
Phone number
Office hours
E. Politécnica Cuenca (2.15)

2. Pre-Requisites

The following subjects are recommended to have been attented with profit: Maths, Signals, Foundations on Communications, Programming and Telematics.

3. Justification in the curriculum, relation to other subjects and to the profession

This course introduces the digital treatment of information to be transmitted from the point of view of information theory; therefore, first the information will be efficiently represented and then it will be protected for both, possible transmission errors and possible tapping and non-authorized modifications.

This course is of great utility in the field of signal processing, efficient transmission and cybersecurity.

It is recommended to take profit of this course before attending the elective of 'Security of Communications'.

4. Degree competences achieved in this course
Course competences
Code Description
E31 The ability to analyse, encode, process and transmit multimedia information using analogue and digital signal processing techniques.
G01 Knowledge of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
G02 Correct, oral and written, communication skills.
G06 Knowledge of basic subjects and technologies, enabling students to learn new methods and technologies, as well as providing great versatility to adapt to new situations
G07 The ability to tackle problems with initiative, making decisions, creativity, and to communicate and transmit knowledge, skills and abilities, including the ethical and professional responsibility of the activity of a Technical Telecommunications Engineer
G12 The ability to work in a multidisciplinary group and in a multilingual environment and to communicate, both in writing and orally, knowledge, procedures, results and ideas related to telecommunications and electronics
G13 The ability to look for and understand information, wether technical or commercial in different sources, to relate and structure it to integrate ideas and knowledge. Analysis, synthesis and implementation of ideas and knowledge.
5. Objectives or Learning Outcomes
Course learning outcomes
Carrying out calculations of event uncertainties, entropy and mutual information.
Identification and understanding of a digital transmission system extended scheme and its basic quality parameters.
Correct use of oral and written expression to convey ideas, technologies, results, etc.
Use of ICT to achieve the specific objectives set in the subject.
Recognition of the need of communication encryption.
Distinction and construction of both block and convolutional corrective error codes.
Distinction and construction of compression codes without and with losses.
Identification of different multimedia data compression and codification algorithms.
Knowledge of the different transmission channel models.
Knowledge of the basic mechanisms of channel equalization.
Knowledge of the processes to be carried out in the receiving system.
Distinction between secret key and public key encryption.
Application of signal processing techniques to encode and protect multimedia information in a transmission system.
Analysis, synthesis and compression of technical documentation and mastery of specific vocabulary.
Additional outcomes
Not established.
6. Units / Contents
  • Unit 1: Information theory
    • Unit 1.1: Elements of a digital communication system
    • Unit 1.2: Information and entropy
    • Unit 1.3: Channel modelling
  • Unit 2: Source coding
    • Unit 2.1: Foundations
    • Unit 2.2: Lossless encoding
    • Unit 2.3: Lossy encoding
    • Unit 2.4: Applications in communications, audio and video
  • Unit 3: Cryptography
    • Unit 3.1: Foundations
    • Unit 3.2: Secret key systems
    • Unit 3.3: Public key systems
    • Unit 3.4: Security services in communications and multimedia contents
  • Unit 4: Channel coding
    • Unit 4.1: Foundations
    • Unit 4.2: Block coding
    • Unit 4.3: Convolutional coding
    • Unit 4.4: Uses and applications in communications, audio and video
  • Unit 5: Introduction to equalization
    • Unit 5.1: Types of equalizers
    • Unit 5.2: Calculation of a basic equalizer
  • Unit 6: Laboratory
    • Unit 6.1: Entropy and compression
    • Unit 6.2: Cryptographic tools
    • Unit 6.3: Channel coding

Software: Matlab, CrypTool, programming and simulation languages and environments.

Hardware: computer (no specific requirements).

7. Activities, Units/Modules and Methodology
Training Activity Methodology Related Competences ECTS Hours As Com Description
Class Attendance (theory) [ON-SITE] Lectures E31 G01 G02 G06 0.75 18.75 N N Theoretical lectures.
Problem solving and/or case studies [ON-SITE] Problem solving and exercises E31 G01 G07 G12 0.68 17 N N The teacher will show some demonstrations and problem solving techniques to illustrate some parts of the course.
Laboratory practice or sessions [ON-SITE] Practical or hands-on activities E31 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 0.8 20 Y N The students will carry on practical work according to the provided instructions. Their work will be monitored in-situ and may modulate the marks obtained in the practical part. This activity cannot be recovered.
Practicum and practical activities report writing or preparation [OFF-SITE] Practical or hands-on activities E31 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 0.6 15 Y Y The students should hand out a report of each practical activity according to the conditions provided and even including additonal files of results and configurations. In some cases, an oral defense of the work could be demanded. These activities can be recovered by repeating the specified parts, individually and in an independing manner, but with tutorial support and with a compulsory oral defense. Plagiarism or copying will be punished with a mark of 0 point to all the people involved.
Writing of reports or projects [OFF-SITE] Problem solving and exercises E31 G01 G06 G07 G12 0.2 5 N N Self-work to prepare the part of problem solving.
Individual tutoring sessions [ON-SITE] E31 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 0.07 1.75 N N Personal attention to the students.
Final test [ON-SITE] Assessment tests E31 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 0.1 2.5 Y Y Final exam including theory and problems. This could be recovered in the fixed session of the extraordinary call.
Study and Exam Preparation [OFF-SITE] Self-study E31 G01 G02 G06 G12 G13 2.6 65 N N Self-study.
Writing of reports or projects [OFF-SITE] Combination of methods E31 G01 G02 G06 G07 G12 G13 0.2 5 Y N Autonomous and individual/in groups tasks of case resolution and information research about applications related with the subject under the premises that will be given and using active methodologies (flipped-classroom, gaming, etc). Oral presentation might be demanded. These tasks cannot be retaken. Plagiarism will be punished with a 0 marks to all the people involved.
Total: 6 150
Total credits of in-class work: 2.4 Total class time hours: 60
Total credits of out of class work: 3.6 Total hours of out of class work: 90

As: Assessable training activity
Com: Training activity of compulsory overcoming (It will be essential to overcome both continuous and non-continuous assessment).

8. Evaluation criteria and Grading System
Evaluation System Continuous assessment Non-continuous evaluation * Description
Laboratory sessions 40.00% 40.00% The job carried out along the lab activities will be considered (direct observation), as well as those reports demanded to be handed-on and the oral presentation and defense of the required tasks.
Final test 50.00% 50.00% A final written test on theory and problem solving will be considered.
Other methods of assessment 10.00% 10.00%
Total: 100.00% 100.00%  
According to art. 6 of the UCLM Student Evaluation Regulations, it must be provided to students who cannot regularly attend face-to-face training activities the passing of the subject, having the right (art. 13.2) to be globally graded, in 2 annual calls per subject , an ordinary and an extraordinary one (evaluating 100% of the competences).

Evaluation criteria for the final exam:
  • Continuous assessment:
    Weights stated in the 'Grading System' section will be applied, whenever that in both, 'final test' and 'laboratory sessions', the scores obtained were, at least, equal or higher than 4 points or, on the contrary, the course will be assessed as failed.
  • Non-continuous evaluation:
    The teacher must be informed at the beginning of the semester in case a student cannnot regularly attend face-to-face training activities, so that a personalized carrying-out and handing-out scheme could be agreed.
    A student cannot follow non-continuous evaluation if he has attended activities that imply at least 50% of the global marks or if the period of regular classes has already finished.
    Weights stated in the 'Grading System' section will be applied, whenever that in both, 'final test' and 'laboratory sessions', the scores obtained were, at least, equal or higher than 4 points or, on the contrary, the course will be assessed as failed.

Specifications for the resit/retake exam:
'Final test' could be retaken through an exam in the official stated date. The way to reassess the rest of the retaking activities will be specified in 'Campus Virtual' after closing the regular assessment period. The same weights as in the ordinary period will be applied.
Specifications for the second resit / retake exam:
It will be assessed through a theory-practice exam in the offcial stated date. Weights will be 40% laboratory and 60% exam.
9. Assignments, course calendar and important dates
Not related to the syllabus/contents
Hours hours
Writing of reports or projects [AUTÓNOMA][Problem solving and exercises] 5
Individual tutoring sessions [PRESENCIAL][] 1.75
Final test [PRESENCIAL][Assessment tests] 2.5
Study and Exam Preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Self-study] 65
Writing of reports or projects [AUTÓNOMA][Combination of methods] 5

Unit 1 (de 6): Information theory
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 1.75
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 1

Unit 2 (de 6): Source coding
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 2.5
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 2

Unit 3 (de 6): Cryptography
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 6
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 5.5

Unit 4 (de 6): Channel coding
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 7
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 7

Unit 5 (de 6): Introduction to equalization
Activities Hours
Class Attendance (theory) [PRESENCIAL][Lectures] 1.5
Problem solving and/or case studies [PRESENCIAL][Problem solving and exercises] 1.5

Unit 6 (de 6): Laboratory
Activities Hours
Laboratory practice or sessions [PRESENCIAL][Practical or hands-on activities] 20
Practicum and practical activities report writing or preparation [AUTÓNOMA][Practical or hands-on activities] 15

Global activity
Activities hours
General comments about the planning: Units will be taught consecutively along the real calendar of the term in which the course is placed. The planning of the course could slightly change to be adapted to the appropriate progress of the class. During the beginning of the term, the weekly planning will be published in virtual campus.
10. Bibliography and Sources
Author(s) Title Book/Journal Citv Publishing house ISBN Year Description Link Catálogo biblioteca
Espacio virtual de la asignatura  
Proakis, John G. Digital communications McGraw-Hill International Book Company 0-07-Y66490-0 1983 Ficha de la biblioteca
Rifà, Josep; Huguet, Llorenç Comunicación digital. Teoría matemática de la información. Masson 84-311-0576-3 1991 Ficha de la biblioteca
Sklar, Bernard. Digital communications : fundamentals and applications / Pearson, 978-1-292-02606-0 2014 Ficha de la biblioteca
Togneri, Roberto Fundamentals of information theory and coding design Chapman & Hall/CRC 978-1-58488-310-4 2003 Ficha de la biblioteca

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