TEK4020 – Software Defined Radio

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The course provides a broad overview of standards, open-source SW tools and processing platforms for software implementation of radio communications and sensor functionality. You will also get an understanding of receiver-, sensor- and transmitter-architectures. Through laboratory exercises and programming examples the course provides detailed knowledge about synthesizing communications- and sensor-functionality on a selected platform.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you:

  • have knowledge about the Software Communications Architecture and other relevant standards
  • have knowledge about and can use the open-source tool-set GNU radio
  • have knowledge about different types of processing elements that are being used on platforms for software-defined radio
  • understand receiver-, sensor- and transmitter-architectures
  • understand analogue-to-digital and digital-to-analogue conversion, as well as sample-rate conversion
  • can synthesize communications- and sensor-functionality on a platform

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Prerequisites from IN1900 – Introduction to Programming with Scientific Applications or IN1000 – Introduction to Object-oriented Programming or equivalent basic course in programming are advantageous.

Prerequisites in signal processing corresponding to IN3190 – Digital Signal Processing will make it easier to follow this course.


The course includes 2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial every week throughout the semester.

This course has 2 mandatory exercises, which are solved either in groups of two or individually. The two mandatory exercises must be approved before you can sit the final exam.


  • Final oral exam which counts 100% towards the final grade.

In case of many students, the final exam may be written.

This course has 2 mandatory assignments, which must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) July 16, 2020 4:17:31 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)