Course Catalog


Laurea (1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process) IN TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING

Academic Year 2009/10

First established in this format in the A.Y. 2006/07

School of Information Engineering

Struttura organizzativa della Facolta


Campus: TORINO

Degree class 9: INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES ENGINEERING

Referente del corsox:
GAUDINO ROBERTO
roberto.gaudino@polito.it
011/5644172


Taught in Italian


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Duration and location

Duration: 3 years
Location: Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24
Secretariat: Northern Secretariat

Professional profile

A graduate in Telecommunication Engineering is a technician who can work in planning, product engineering, production, managing and maintenance of telecommunication systems. He/She can manage and coordinate research groups. A telecommunication engineer is a scientist, a technician and an operator who lets the inhabitants of the "global village" communicate. He/She plans and designs systems that give the possibility to communicate with everyone cheaply in a world without frontiers.
Qualifying aspects
The desgin and construction of antennas, optical fibres and palmtops is the work of other kind of engineers, but the telecommunication helps in transfer of information (voice, photos, a song, a film, data taken from a volcano, as well as images seen from a satellite, etc), from the main source to the final user (for example a friend calling me from the other side of the world, etc).
These applications today are a reality; others will be true in a short time, thanks to the work and skills of technological innovations of telecommunication engineers. In a world in which the "information society" is so important, the telecommunication field has a core position.
Let's think of someone making a digital photo to be sent home by a mobile phone of the IV generation.
The digital image is made up of a lot of very small "atoms" (Pixels). It is not posible to transfer each pixel, because they are too many and it would require a lot of time (and money), but a telecommunication engineer knows how to choose the most important pixels to save the quality of the image. He/She is able to plan the system that can transfer the important pixels by using electromagnetic signals. These signals must go from the mobile phone's antenna to the main station together with other data being transferred by other people, using mobile phones to speak or send photos to the same station. A telecommunication engineer can separate all these informations.
From this point on the data (photos and voice) coexist with the data of other inhabitants of the global village on different communication networks (mobile phones, satellites, wires, etc), that make up the global network called Internet. The managing of these networks is the main skill of the telecommunication engineer, as it is shown in the description of the course in Telecommunication Engineering.
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Course structure

Topics
During the I year, basic topics like mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science and English are studied. During the II year computer science, telecommunications, electronics automation topics and mathematics are studied. During the III year specific topics of telecommunication engineering, focusing on applicative aspects are studied.
Laboratories
Labs include experimental activities by using a PC or other machines.
Labs are also arranged to use different measurement tools, according to the engineering work. Advanced labs on simulation of transmission systems are arranged.
Further activities
Integrated with some lectures, visits to firms and seminars held by international experts (coming from university and from industries) are arranged.

The III year of this course is included in the Progetto di Rafforzamento delle Lauree Professionalizzanti (PRLP)(Project for the reinforcement of professionalizing degrees).

Final exam

The final test consists of public discussion of a dissertation or of a written thesis: the assesment of the student is the result of the whole university career and of the final exam.

Master of Science (Laurea specialistica)

The Bachelor's degree (Laurea di I livello) gives access to the Master of Science Degree (Laurea specialistica) in Telecommunication Engineering. If the student wants to attend a different Master of Science (Laurea specialistica) of the III School of Engineering, he/she will amend his program studying some basic topics in that specific course.
Master of Science Degree in Telecommunication Engineering
Typical study fields are innovation and production development, advanced planning and programming, management of complex systems, both as professionals and as in companies or in the public administration. A graduate can work in planning firms, in companies that work with information transfer; in public or private companies that provide telecommunication services; bodies checking air, terrestrial and naval traffic.

FAQ

What is the difference between the degree in Telecommunication Engineering and other Information and Communication Technologies Engineering degrees? Telecommunication engineering handles all the aspects necessary to communicate (with an electrical circuit, on a cable, wireless, etc) and with all aspects of signals (i.e. compression of digital images, voice coding, etc). To do this, the telecommunication engineer uses what the electronic engineers plan. The electronic engineer plans devices that allow the treatment of digital data, for example microprocessors, integrated components or the study of electromagnetic fields.
The computer engineer, using the communication systems designed by the telecommunication engineer, makes multimedia applications or design complex architectures for computers.
The computer engineer studies more advanced programming.
What is the difference between Telecommunication Engineering and Computer and Communication Networks Engineering degree? The course of Computer and Communication Networks Engineer focuses on telecommunication aspects, that concern communication networks (radio car nets, Internet), their planning and managing. He/She faces all the aspects connected to the planning of information applications for communication networks, for example services for Web and e-commerce.