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Module Title Satellite, Mobile and Optical Communications
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Elec, Elec & Sys Engineering
Module Code 04 24097
Module Lead Dr H. Ghafouri-Shiraz
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Pre-requisites
Co-requisites
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-36 hours
Tutorial-4 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Exclusions
Description The aims of this course are to introduce and overview the wide range of current personal and mobile, satellite and optical communication systems; to describe the propagation environment involved in such systems and to explain methods of characterisation; to explain typical modulation, coding and multiplexing methods; to describe the system and network aspects of typical mobile systems; to introduce optical fibres, laser diodes and Photo-detectors; to discuss in detail: optical transmitters; optical receivers; and optical fibre communication systems in particular coherent fibre communications and wavelength division multiplexing systems.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Discuss the design and configuration of satellite and mobile communication systems to meet specific requirements;
  • Discuss appropriate measures to overcome the problems caused by different propagation environments;
  • Explain the system and network aspects of satellite and mobile communication systems;
  • Calculate figures of merit for basestations, earth stations, satellite transponders and mobile units and use these in assessing link budgets;
  • Perform quantitative design on optical fibre systems;
  • Describe roles of optical transmitter, fibre and receiver in an optical fibre communication system;
  • Design both conventional and coherent optical fibre communication systems;
  • Critically appraise the relative merits of satellite, cellular and optical fibre communication systems for diverse applications.
Assessment 24097-01 : Module mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessment:
(20%) ongoing Canvas based timed summative assessment e.g. quizzes with feedback opportunity to consolidate learning (typically the week after finishing each of the three blocks)

(80%) Timed open book assessment released and submitted via Canvas, covering all three themes of the module and all learning outcomes.

Supplementary/Reassessment:
Reassessment to match the main assessment method with due consideration made to any restrictions imposed at the time of reassessment.
Typically this will mean a repeat of the timed open book assessment with a different set of exercises, but will not include an opportunity to re-take the quizzes.
Other None
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