TEK4020 – Software defined radio

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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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 will:

  • have knowledge about the Software Communications Architecture and other relevant standards
  • have knowledge about 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
  • be able to synthesize communications- and sensor-functionality on a platform


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.


Recommended previous knowledge

INF1100 – Introduction to programming with scientific applications (continued), INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued) or a similar basic course in programming.

A background in signal processing such as given by INF3470 – Digital signalbehandling (continued) will make this course easier to follow.


2 hours lecture + 1 hour tutorial every week.

2 mandatory assignments to be solved individually or in groups of two, as you wish. The mandatory assignments must be approved in order to attend the final exam.


Oral exam at the end of the semester (in case of many students, there may be held a written exam).

Mandatory assignments must be passed in order to take the exam.

Language of examination

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.

Explanations and appeals

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.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)