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Course Details in 2022/23 Session

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Module Title Communication Systems (LI)
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Elec, Elec & Sys Engineering
Module Code 04 13812
Module Lead Dr SF Quigley
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions Available in Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Electronic & Software Engineering, Computer & Communication Systems Engineering, Communication Systems Engineering
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Tutorial-2 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-9 hours
Guided independent study-69 hours
Total: 100 hours
Exclusions None

Wired transmission lines
Wireless communications


Shannon's theory
Channel capacity
Effect of noise on digital signals.


Fourier transforms: Revision
Baseband signals and spectra
Random digital waveform, PSD
Baseband noise.
Probability of error.
Sampling and Quantisation;Nyquist rate
Quantisation noise


Chebyshev passive LC filters
Synthesis from tables
Frequency and magnitude scaling


Analogue AM, FM waveforms and their spectra
Digital (binary) waveforms: ASK, PSK, FSK ,and their spectra
Complex envelopes.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Be able to compare transmission line types (twisted pair, coaxial, fibre optics etc) and recommend the optimal types for particular applications;
  • Understand the concepts of land mobile (handheld radio, cellular) and satellite communications and perform simple calculations;
  • Explain and perform calculations on matched filtering, sampling and quantisation;
  • Derive the design formulae for Chebyshev filters, and design them from tables;
  • Deduce filter parameters from a given circuit, and design simple filters;
  • Derive equations defining modulated signals, given the baseband signals, and vice versa.
  • Explain the relationship between modulated signals and their baseband counterparts, both in the time and frequency domains.
Assessment 13812-22 : Communication Systems CW1 : Coursework (15%)
13812-23 : Communication Systems CW2 : Coursework (15%)
13812-24 : Communication Systems CW3 : Coursework (50%)
13812-25 : Communication Sys Canvas Quiz : Class Test (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
One 2-hour formal written examination (80%) to be held during the University's examination period (May/June) plus assessment of laboratory work (20%).

Reassessment: One 2-hour formal written examination to be held during the University's supplementary examination period
Other none
Reading List Dunlop J & Smith T G, Telecommunications Engineering (3rd edn), ISBN 0412562707
Pierce J R & Noll A M, Signals - The Science of Telecommunications, ISSN 1040-3203-5026-0