Person in charge: Sahar HOTEIT

Prerequisite: IT.1101 / IT.1201

Organization: Lectures 33h / Tutorials 12h

Evaluation: 2 written exams

ECTS: 5 credits



This module introduces the basic concepts of information theory. It first deals with information coding, redundancy, data compression and cryptography. Then, it studies the high-speed network, in particular the satellite networks and the optical networks.



In terms of skills, this module aims to enable students to:

·         Acquire basic principles of information processing (information coding, redundancy, data compression and cryptography).

·         Acquire basic principles for designing and realizing of very high-speed networks (such as satellite networks and optical networks).



This module enables students to develop the following concepts and skills.

·         Concepts

o   The characteristics of information processing.

o   The architecture and engineering of very high-speed networks.

o   The radio waves and their characteristics applied to satellite links.

o   The optical waves and their propagation characteristics.


·         Know-How

o   The study of the transmission of messages between a sender and a recipient via a communication channel.

o   The sizing and the deployment of satellite and terrestrial broadcasting networks (Basic level).

o   The Study of the specificities of optical networks.

·         Keywords

o   Entropy, cryptography, coding and redundancy.

o   Optical fibers

o   Satellite


Pedagogical Approach

·         This module is divided into 2 parts: the first one is devoted for the explanation of the principles of information processing while the second is for high-speed transmissions (satellite and optical networks).

·         During lectures and exercises, the key concepts and keywords, as well as concrete examples, will be presented.

At the end of each part, an individual written exam will assess each person's abilities to implement the skills gained through various problems.