School of Engineering

Master of Science in Communication Engineering

30 credits


Specialization Courses – Approved electives
GRT633Advanced Communication Systems
3 credits
This course aims at introducing advanced topics in communications to Telecommunications Engineering students. Students are first introduced to detection theory. Synchronization and equalization techniques are studied next. Fading channels are introduced, with emphasis on practical channel models and applications in the wireless world. The topics covered next are multicarrier systems, diversity techniques and MIMO systems.
GRT635Advanced Networks Architectures
3 credits
Students will study: internal routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, EIGRP); external routing protocol (BGP4), evolution; architecture of IP multicast and group management protocol (IGMP) and multicast routing protocols (DVMRP, PIM-SM, PIM-DM); IP networks multi-service, IP and Quality of Service (QoS); DiffServ and differentiated quality of service, architecture; IntServ, architecture and protocols; voice and telephony over IP; Optical IP/ MPLS and GMPLS (architecture, main concepts, traffic engineering); METRO Ethernet; VPN services evolution; VPN architectures (layer 2 and layer 3); mobility in IP networks (Internet and private); mobility mechanisms in IPv4 networks; IPv6 basic mechanisms; mobile IPv6; Hierarchical Mobile IP (HMIP); handover mechanisms based on IPv6; and overlay networks (caches, CDN and peer-to-peer).
GRT673Advanced Networks Architectures Lab
1 credits
GBMStudents will experience advanced routing techniques, IP Multicast, IP and Quality of Service, voice and telephony over IP, VPN, the mobility mechanism in IP networks, basic IPv6 mechanisms, and peer-to-peer networks.
GRT672Advanced Transmission Systems Lab
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT551 And GRT553 And GRT632
This lab provides experience of: practical work for antenna theory, fibre optics and telephony communications; antenna gain, polarization, impedance; fibre optic characteristics, laser diode, PIN; telephone systems, signaling, transmitter-receiver, TDM, PCM.
GRT632Antennas, Radars and GPS
3 credits
This course covers antenna and Radar principles. It starts with the fundamental parameters of antennas, then moves on to the radiation integral used for antenna analysis. Detailed examination of wire antennas and antenna arrays will be presented next. After the antenna part is done, the course tackles some radar topics like the Radar equation, Radar Cross Section (RCS) of simple and complicated targets, Range and Doppler ambiguity in pulse radar, probability of detection and probability of false alarm. A GPS overview will be covered at the end of the term.
GRT557Information Theory and Coding
3 credits
This course starts with an overview of information theory: discrete and continuous sources, source coding and channel coding theorems, channel matrix, channel capacity, Kraft inequality, lossless coding. Then, we study linear block codes and cyclic codes. Convolutional codes are then considered, including trellis diagrams, Viterbi decoding, etc. Turbo-codes are also studied (concatenation, interleaving, iterative decoding algorithms). We end with an introduction to LDPC codes.
GRT552Network Modeling
2 credits
This course looks at network modeling of information transfer, telephone networks, land mobile systems and satellites, and the simulation of different layers of systems and exchange protocols.
GRT576Network Modeling Lab
1 credits
The aim of the practical work is the implementation of the various theoretical concepts of networks modeling and processing. Problems and practical examples are examined using the ns simulator and the Matlab software.
GRT551Optical Communications
2 credits
In this course, optical communication systems are introduced. Optical fibers are studied next (step-index, graded-index, multimode, single-mode) as well as signal propagation and degradation. Optical sources (LASER, LED) and receivers (PIN, APD) are then discussed, with the probabilistic theory behind receiver operation. Finally, the design of a complete optical communication system is considered, taking into account factors such as attenuation, error probability, SNR, and power constraints.
GRT548Security of Fixed and Mobile Networks
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to introduce the principles of security in fixed and mobile networks. The course starts with an introduction to information security concepts, security services and security mechanisms. In the second part, we discuss the concepts of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, the hash function and the signature and key sharing procedures and we apply these concepts to secure the data communication using the SSL and the IPSec protocols. In the third part, we discuss security in wireless networks, intrusions and filtering mechanisms through the use of firewalls. Finally, we discuss security management and risk management concepts.
3 credits
Students will learn about the establishment of calls, traffic study and design of telephony systems, switching systems, signalling (CS7), ISDN networks, PDH and SDH hierarchies, intelligent networks, and voice over IP.
GRT634Video Compression
2 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT631
This course introduces video coding concepts with emphasis on the H.264 standard. Advanced topics such as distributed video coding, Multiview coding, and unequal error protection are also discussed.
Common Core
GRT631Digital Image Processing
3 credits
This course consists of an introduction to digital image processing as well as video compression. The first part covers image acquisition, sampling, and quantization, gray scale image transforms, histogram processing, spatial filtering, 2D Fourier transform, filtering in the frequency domain, image degradations, enhancement techniques, and mathematical morphology. The second part introduces video coding: spatial and temporal sampling, motion estimation and compensation, transforms (KLT, DCT, and wavelets), differential coding and predictive coding (intra and inter frames).
GRT671Digital Image Processing Lab
1 credits
This lab consists of an application of the concepts learned in the digital image processing and video compression course. The first part consists of an introduction to the image processing toolbox in MATLAB. Afterwards, image processing techniques will be studied, spatial and frequency domain filtering, image restoration, as well as color image processing. Finally, a video signal will be studied.
GRT555Mobile Communications
3 credits
This course covers the following topics: an introduction to mobile communications; wireless transmission, medium access control, cellular radio systems; ATM architecture; Wireless LANs; Mobile IP; and Mobile TCP.
GRT575Mobile Communications Lab
1 credits
The purpose of this lab is to provide an introduction to mobile communications, starting with an introduction to the simulator ns-2. Then we study wireless transmissions, medium access protocols, cellular networks, WLAN, mobile IP, TCP in wireless environments, and some other mobile applications.
GEN516Scientific English
2 credits
The English 516 is designed for students working on their thesis. It gives them the opportunity to enhance their writing abilities and develop their critical thinking. It is designed to provide rigorous training in advanced reading, critiquing, synthesizing and researching. It attempts to help students achieve greater competency in reading, writing, reflection, and discussion emphasizing the responsibilities of written inquiry and structured reasoning. Students are expected to investigate questions that are at issue for themselves and their audience and for which they do not already have answers. In other words, this course should help students write about what they have learned through their research rather than simply write an argument supporting one side of an issue or another. In addition, students deliver one oral powerpoint presentation based on their writings.
GRT600Special Topic in Telecommunications
3 credits
GRT691Thesis I
1 credits
GRT692Thesis II
5 credits    |    Pre-requisite: GRT691
Double Degree with Université de Bordeaux.


The mission of the Master of Science in Communications Engineering program is to expand students’ knowledge and skills and prepare them to succeed in doctoral programs in communications engineering or related fields.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years from graduation, graduates will:
1. Advance in their careers as highly skilled professional engineers, researchers, educators or entrepreneurs amid technological changes.
2. Demonstrate expertise and leadership in different fields of communications engineering and contribute to the development of the telecommunications sector.

Program Outcomes

a. Ability to apply advanced level knowledge and skills in signal processing, telecommunications, and related engineering areas.
b. Ability to ethically conduct applied research and engineering design with professional written and oral communication skills.
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