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Module Title LM Introductory Module for Communications
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Elec, Elec & Sys Engineering
Module Code 04 30062
Module Lead Peter Jancovic
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-28 hours
Tutorial-6 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-6 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description There are two parts to this module.
In Part 1 an introduction for two M.Sc. programmes (MSc in Electronic and Computer Engineering; MSc in Communications Engineering) is given.
Part 2 provides fundamentals of various aspects relevant to modules in the MSc Communications Engineering programme.

Part 1:
Topics in Professional Engineering covering
  • professional and ethical conduct in engineering
  • the commercial and social context
  • management and business practices
  • sustainable development
  • regulatory requirements
  • health & safety, environmental and commercial risk
Introduction to signal processing
Fourier transform
Basic probability concepts
Introduction to data analysis
Programming in Matlab
Presentation and report writing skills

Part 2:
Introduction to wired and wireless communication systems
Information theory
Fourier transforms in communications
Analogue and digital modulation schemes
Transmitters and receivers
Radiowave propagation and link budgets
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the economic, legal, social, ethical and environmental context associated with their engineering studies.
  • Perform basic analysis of data.
  • Use programming techniques in Matlab.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the issues relevant to disseminating research, including verbal and written communication skills.
  • Gain an appreciation of how modern communication systems (wired and wireless) work.
  • 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.
  • Explain the relationship between modulated signals and their baseband counterparts, both in the time and frequency domains.
  • Explain the noise model for narrowband signals, and use it in calculations.
  • Explain the operation of and solve simple problems concerned with the design of radio frequency front-ends.
  • Explain the operation of and solve simple problems concerned with the use of Link budgets.
Assessment 30062-01 : Module Mark : Mixed (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Main assessment
(50%) coursework (corresponding to Part 1) after the module delivered (Canvas submission) - consisting of Responsible Engineer part (assessed by a group presentation and report) and Technical part (may be assessed by a report or several Canvas-based timed summative assessments, e.g., quizzes)

and (50%) test (corresponding to Part 2):
Option A: 2 hour closed book examination at end of module (January exam)
Option B: Open book assessment released and submitted via Canvas

Reassessment to match the main assessment method with due consideration made to any restrictions imposed at the time of reassessment. Students can carry forward passed assessment components from main assessment.
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