Wireless Industrial Communication
2014-2015 - TØL4101 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will have advanced knowledge on wireless industrial automation capabilities, wireless signal transmission and receiving, and system design of different wireless industrial communication systems.


  • Thorough knowledge on the different capabilities of wireless industrial automation for sustainability and strategy
  • Advanced knowledge on methods for signal modulation and demodulation
  • Advanced knowledge on methods for signal coding and decoding
  • Thorough understanding of methods for multiple assesses
  • Thorough understanding of the different industrial wireless communication systems


  • Can analyze existing methods for calculating with modulated signal
  • Able to simulate modulated signal using computer simulation tools
  • Can carry out an independent and limited research on system design of industrial wireless communication systems

General competence

  • Understand the different wireless industrial automation capabilities
  • Understand the different techniques for signal transmission and receiving
  • Understand the system design of different wireless industrial communication systems
  • Use computer tools to evaluate wireless industrial communication systems
  • Can contribute to new thinking and innovation in the area of wireless industrial communication
  • Can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects within wireless industrial communication


  • Wireless industrial automation
  • Baseband communication
  • Digital modulation/demodulation
  • Coding theory
  • Multiple Accesses
  • Introduction to different wireless industrial communication systems: Wireless LAN, IEEE 802.15.4, WirelessHART

Teaching Methods

Group works

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course teaching language is English. Teaching, tutoring, assignments and exam are given in in English.

The course will be made accessible for both campus- and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement which is best fitted for her/his own requirement.

Seminars in the course will be given on campus and are open for both category of students through web conference-systems (Eluminate, Adobe Connect etc). Recordings of seminars and tutoring sessions will be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (Fronter).

In case of less than 4 students, the course will be based on self-study.

Form(s) of Assessment

Oral exam, individually

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal examiners, external examiner every 4th year, next time 2017.

Re-sit examination

For the oral exam there will be a re-sit in agreement with the course responsible.

Coursework Requirements

  • 60% of hand-ins must be approved
  • Mandatory presence on seminars and laboratory exercises

The standard language is English. All hand-ins, exams etc. must be written in English.

Teaching Materials

Behrouz A Forouzan: " Data Communications and Networking", 5th Edition, 2013
Bernard Sklar: "Digital Communications - Fandamentals and Applications", 2011
IDC Technologies: “Industrial Wireless for Engineers and Technicians”, 2008.
Bogdan M. Wilamowski, J. David Irwin, Industrial Communication Systems (The Industrial Electronics Handbook), 2012.

Handout papers and reports