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EEET 5101


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Offered Externally


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University-wide elective course


Second Semester
(Study Period 5)
Course owner

Course owner
School of Engineering

Course aim

The first part of this course is about information theory. The course aims at answering two fundamental questions in data communications: What is the ultimate data compression? What is the ultimate transmission rate of a communication channel? To answer these questions, the basic tools and concepts in information theory are introduced. Practical coding schemes for data compression and transmission over noisy channels are introduced in the second part of this course.

Course content

Review of Mathematical Background and Basic Concepts in Probability Theory.

Introduction of Information Measures and their Properties: Entropy; Mutual Information; Conditional Entropy; Conditional Mutual Information; Kullback-Leibler Divergence; Log-sum inequality; Data Processing Inequality; Fano’s inequality.

Asymptotic Equipartition Property (AEP): Law of Large Numbers; Types and Typicality.

Lossless source coding theorem and algorithms.

Noisy Channel Models and Shannon’s Channel Coding Theorem.

Fundamentals of Linear Codes: Introduction to Error Detection and Correction; Types of Codes; Minimum Distance.

Block Coding Principles: Generator Matrix Description, Systematic Codes, Detection and Correction Bounds.

Convolutional Codes (Encoding): encoders; generator polynomials; constraint length; state diagrams; tree and trellis diagrams; distance measures.

Convolutional Codes (Decoding): Viterbi algorithm; Soft-Decision Decoding; MAP Decoding.

LDPC Codes: Code Density, Tanner Graphs, Belief Propagation.

Special topics: Network Coding and Digital Fountain.


Cover, Thomas M. 2006, Elements of Information Theory, 2nd, Wiley-Interscience

Lin, Shu; Costello, D. J. 2004, Error Control Coding, 2nd, Prentice-Hall, New Jersey


A good understanding of probability theory is required. Knowledge of communication theory would be advantageous.



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 2 hours x 13 weeks
Tutorial 1 hours x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


Task Length Weighting Duration
Assignment in 2 parts 2000 words 30% N/A
Computer modelling project - code design 2000 words 30% N/A
Examination N/A 40% 3 hours (open book)


EFTSL*: 0.125
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