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TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING, Laurea (1st degree and Bachelor-level of the Bologna process)
Academic Year 2011/12
Campus: TORINO
Programme duration: 3 years
Degree class L-8: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING
Docenti di riferimento del corso:
GAUDINO ROBERTO   roberto.gaudino@polito.it   011/0904172
GARELLO ROBERTO   roberto.garello@polito.it   011/0904106
LO PRESTI LETIZIA   letizia.lopresti@polito.it   011/0904033
ESPANDI Educational objectives

Telecommunication engineers are the creators of the modern technologies that enable inhabitants of the global village to communicate through various types of networks, from cellular phones to the Internet, from networks for television signal broadcasting to those serving telemedicine. Telecommunications engineers know the background elements underpinning these networks and related wireless connections, fibre optic systems, terrestrial and satelli... More...

Telecommunication engineers are the creators of the modern technologies that enable inhabitants of the global village to communicate through various types of networks, from cellular phones to the Internet, from networks for television signal broadcasting to those serving telemedicine. Telecommunications engineers know the background elements underpinning these networks and related wireless connections, fibre optic systems, terrestrial and satellite radio links. In all these areas, a graduate in Telecommunications Engineering can operate in the areas of planning, research, development, production, marketing, operation and maintenance.
Students in Telecommunications Engineering learn techniques for transmitting information (in a voice call, a multimedia film, a song, the data measured by a detector located on the slopes of a volcano, images observed by a satellite, the electrocardiogram measured on board a mountain rescue helicopter, a message posted on Facebook or on Twitter), from the source producing the data to the end user.
The ability to analyse and design these systems requires the study of various topics, including:
- Multimedia signal processing (audio/MP3, image/JPEG, video/MPEG and their developments);
- Techniques of digital transmission (wireless, cellular, satellite, ADSL, optical fiber, WiFi, WiMAX);
- Architectures of telecommunication networks (Internet, GSM, UMTS, ADSL, digital terrestrial video, etc.);
- Innovative services for users (SMS, MMS, Voice and Video over IP, Skype, WWW, Peer to Peer, chat, Facebook, Twitter);
- Positioning systems (commonly referred to as "GPS navigation") and mobility support services.
These objectives are achieved in the Telecommunications Engineering degree through a multidisciplinary programme, ranging over many aspects of the world of ICT - Information and Communication Technology. In addition to topics relating to telecommunications in the strictest sense, students also acquire skills in electronics, information and basic physics and mathematics common to all engineering students at the Politecnico.
Students will find themselves in an environment with a strong international flavour; for many years a significant proportion of students in Telecommunications Engineering have come from countries around the world. Moreover, particularly if they want to continue on to a MSc degree, students have many opportunities to study abroad through joint courses with foreign universities, double degrees, Erasmus programmes and thesis preparation abroad. To prepare for the global market, students may choose to follow courses taught in English, an opportunity to acquire communication skills in technical English which are absolutely indispensable in an increasingly global world of work.
Telecommunications Engineering differs from other engineering sectors as it deals specifically with the aspects of multimedia signal processing, the techniques necessary to establish a wireless or wired network, and methods used to transmit information over computer networks.

ESPANDI Target roles and competencies

Graduates in Telecommunications Engineering find employment mainly in: - administrators of large national and international telecommunications networks, or Internet Service Providers and telecom operators, both fixed and mobile; - companies providing telecommunications services and developing multimedia applications for the Internet; - companies that design, develop and produce equipment and components for telecommunications systems and netwo... More...

Graduates in Telecommunications Engineering find employment mainly in:
- administrators of large national and international telecommunications networks, or Internet Service Providers and telecom operators, both fixed and mobile;
- companies providing telecommunications services and developing multimedia applications for the Internet;
- companies that design, develop and produce equipment and components for telecommunications systems and networks;
- public and private institutions and research laboratories where new generations of telecommunications systems are developed;
- multinational institutions and companies dealing with specifications, standards and deployment of distributed systems for telecommunications.

ESPANDI Educational activities description

The first year is dedicated to learning basic skills in mathematics, physics, chemistry and informatics common to all engineering students at the Politecnico. The second year covers transversal skills underpinning the so-called information and communication technologies, with courses in electrical engineering, electronics, automatic controls and informatics, along with further study of mathematics and physics. The third year focuses on speci... More...

The first year is dedicated to learning basic skills in mathematics, physics, chemistry and informatics common to all engineering students at the Politecnico.
The second year covers transversal skills underpinning the so-called information and communication technologies, with courses in electrical engineering, electronics, automatic controls and informatics, along with further study of mathematics and physics.

The third year focuses on specific aspects of Telecommunications Engineering (signal processing, digital transmission and telecommunications networks), furnishing both the conceptual background of the sector, and exploration of practical applications.
Workshops are provided in multimedia signal processing, transmission systems and protocols for computer networks.
During the third year students can undertake an internship in a company. The final exam includes the preparation of a written dissertation under the supervision of a teacher; the subject of the dissertation can be related to the internship.
Given the large number of students from other nations, teaching is in Italian and English. It is also possible to attend courses abroad and earn double degrees, under agreements with universities in other countries.
BSc graduates in Telecommunications Engineering who intend to continue their studies will find a natural outlet in the MSc programmes in Telecommunication Engineering and in Computer and Telecommunication Networks Engineering.
The course programme leading to the MSc degree in Telecommunications Engineering will allow students to expand their knowledge of all the components of a transmission system, particularly multimedia signals (processing and transmission), digital transmission systems (wireless and cable, from ADSL to digital television), mobile cellular systems (GSM, UMTS), satellite navigation systems (GPS/Galileo), optical communications, encryption, signal processing applications, applied electromagnetics, and many others.
dell'Illinois a Chicago, l'Università GeorgiaTech di Atlanta.
The MSc in Telecommunications Engineering is therefore one of the natural continuations for the BSc-level engineer in Telecommunications, but the course is open to all BSc graduates in the information field, with no obligation to attend additional courses. Students from other degree programmes may apply to enrol in Telecommunications Engineering; applications are reviewed by a committee to define any academic debits or credits.
The MSc programme has a strong international flavor, with the possibility to choose courses in Italian, English or both. In addition, there are several possibilities for double degrees with foreign universities of high repute, such as the INPG of Grenoble, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Georgia Tech of Atlanta.
The BSc programme ends with the final thesis based on research or a project; the student should demonstrate mastery of the subjects studied, ability to work independently and communication skills.
For interested students, there is a wide range of thesis opportunities in companies (both in Italy and abroad) through internships typically lasting six months, which provide the opportunity to make contact with the world of work.
The employment rate one year after graduation (ISTAT definition, 2008 data taken from Alma Laurea for MSc graduates in Telecommunications at the Politecnico di Torino) was 98.5%.
Further information at www.tlc.polito.it .

 Expected learning outcomes

L'Ingegnere delle Telecomunicazioni è un tecnico di elevata preparazione, qualificato per affrontare i problemi tecnici nell'immediato e con formazione sufficientemente estesa e valida per recepire e utilizzare l'innovazione. L'Ingegnere delle Telecomunicazioni privilegerà gli aspetti più applicativi delle diverse discipline. In questo contesto, si eviterà un'eccessiva specializzazione per privilegiare una solida preparazione tecnica e di base, i... More...

L'Ingegnere delle Telecomunicazioni è un tecnico di elevata preparazione, qualificato per affrontare i problemi tecnici nell'immediato e con formazione sufficientemente estesa e valida per recepire e utilizzare l'innovazione. L'Ingegnere delle Telecomunicazioni privilegerà gli aspetti più applicativi delle diverse discipline. In questo contesto, si eviterà un'eccessiva specializzazione per privilegiare una solida preparazione tecnica e di base, in tutti gli ambiti culturali propri del settore delle ICT. Ciò consentirà un rapido adattamento alle più diverse esigenze professionali, evitando il rischio di una rapida obsolescenza, sul piano della formazione, permettendo al laureato di indirizzarsi verso diversi possibili profili professionali.

La professione dell'Ingegnere delle Telecomunicazioni richiede la conoscenza e l'apprendimento di un ampio spettro di materie scientifiche di base (matematica, fisica e chimica), necessarie per sviluppare poi un'approfondita e dettagliata conoscenza nel settore dell'ingegneria dell'Informazione (elettronica, informatica, telecomunicazioni ed automazione). La figura professionale risultante, per svolgere adeguatamente la sua professione, deve integrare le conoscenze tecnico-scientifiche con una adeguata conoscenza delle materie economiche e gestionali e con un'approfondita conoscenza delle lingue straniere.


Al laureato sono forniti metodologie e nozioni che gli consentono di operare nei settori della progettazione, ingegnerizzazione, produzione, esercizio e manutenzione dei sistemi di telecomunicazioni e di elaborazione dei segnali, non solo nelle aziende specifiche di telecomunicazioni, ma anche in moltissime altre realtà aziendali che necessitano al loro interno di gestire reti di telecomunicazioni.
Le competenze acquisite al termine del percorso formativo consentono di operare, oltre che nella progettazione e sviluppo, anche nelle attività di promozione, vendita, assistenza tecnica.



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