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Formal Methods in Telecommunications

Module name (EN): Formal Methods in Telecommunications
Degree programme: Applied Informatics, Master, ASPO 01.10.2011
Module code: PIM-WN15
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2V+2U (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 5
Semester: 1
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Written examination
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60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Brocks
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Brocks

[updated 18.07.2007]
Learning outcomes:
Students will acquire an understanding of how communication protocols function. They will be able to specify services and protocols using formal descriptive languages and will be able to deploy protocol development tools.

[updated 08.05.2008]
Module content:
The principles of communication protocols, communication instances and how they function
Message Sequence Charts (MSCs):
        -        Basic language constructs (Frame, Instance, Message, Condition, Action, Timer, Create)
        -        Structural language constructs (Coregion, Decomposition, References, Inline expressions, High-level MSC)
Specification and Description Language (SDL):
        -        Agents
        -        Process specification
        -        Transmitting and receiving signals
        -        Timers
        -        Procedures
Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1):
-        Abstract, concrete and transfer syntax
-        Presentation context
-        Object identifiers
-        Module structure
-        Simple and compound types
-        Tagging
-        BER encoding rules
Testing and Test Control Notation (TTCN-3):
-        Protocol development
-        Protocol testing

[updated 08.05.2008]
Recommended or required reading:
-        König, Hartmut: Protocol Engineering, Teubner 2003, ISBN 3-519-00454-2
Specialist literature
-        Dubuisson, Olivier: ASN.1, Communication between heterogeneous systems, Morgan Kaufmann, 2001, ISBN 0-12-633361-0,
-        Ellsberger, Hogrefe, Sarmen: SDL: Formal Object-Oriented Language for Communicating Systems, 1997
-        Mitschele-Thiel: Systems Engineering with SDL, John Wiley & Sons, 2001
-        ITU-T Recommendation Z.120 : Message Sequence Charts (MSC), 2004
-        ITU-T Recommendation Z.100: Specification and Description Language SDL, 2002
-        ITU-T Recommendation Z.140: Testing and test control notation version 3 (TTCN-3): Core language, 2003
Lecture notes
-        Brocks, R.: Lecture notes
- : International Telecommunication Union
- : ASN.1 Information Site
- : SDL-Forum Society
- : International Engineering Consortium
- : OSS Nokalva

[updated 08.05.2008]
Module offered in:
WS 2009/10, WS 2008/09, WS 2007/08
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