Module Title:   Radio Systems Design

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0362D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   SCIM (Dept of Computer Science)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr S.M.R. Jones

Additional Tutor(s):   Prof. R.A. Abd-Alhameed

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To introduce you to the principles and practice of radio systems design, including radio architectures, antennas and propagation.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Material is introduced through formal lectures, reinforced through examples seminars and private study supported by a reading list, worked examples and tutorial question sheets.
Assessment is by a design case study (50%) and a formal examination (50%).
You will receive detailed feedback on your design case study.
Supplementary assessment: repair deficiencies.

Lectures:   36.00          Directed Study:   75.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   75.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Identify, describe, illustrate and explain the architectures, design formula, principles regulation and implications for sustainability of radio systems, antennas and propagation.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

Analyse, specify and design antennas, radio systems and links at the system level.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...


  Coursework   50%
  Design Case Study
  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
  Examination closed book 2 hours

Outline Syllabus:
Radio Architectures: Tuned RF, superheterodyne, frequency conversion, noise folding and image rejection, multi-stage downconversion, homodyne and direct conversion receivers, Modulator and demodulator architectures. Sensitivity and selectivity. Noise and linearity. Noise figure, noise temperature and Friis noise formula. Linearity, even and odd-order intermodulation, dynamic range. Linearisation techniques. Ancilliary and control circuits. Carrier and symbol timing recovery, power control, duplexers, oscillators, synthesisers/ multipliers, filters and equalisers.

Antennas: The radio spectrum, plane waves and polarisations, general antenna principles, isotropic radiator, antenna gain, radiation patterns, Friis transmission formula, concept of antenna far field, short dipole properties, circuit model and impedance, matching and baluns, archetypal geometries, arrays, Fourier relationship, taper, and efficiency, link budgets and sustainability issues. Advances in antennas. Practical approaches in antenna design.

Radio propagation: Overview. Transmission, reflection, diffraction and scattering. Ray models. Plane earth path loss. Fresnel zones, ray curvature in a standard atmosphere, microwave LOS link design, Anomalous propagation. Absorption and rain-fading. Interference, coordination and planning. Multipath, path loss, fading and Doppler. Statistical distributions. Equalisation, diversity and overlays. Models and tools for coverage and link planning. Link and system simulation. Wideband and spatial models. MIMO principles.

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