Module Title:   Mobile and Satellite Communications

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   CM-0437D

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 6

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Computer Science

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Principal Co-ordinator:   Prof RE Sheriff

Additional Tutor(s):   TBC

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide advanced conceptual knowledge and its application in the areas of satellite and mobile communications.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The teaching strategy will revolve round formal lectures on the theory and practice of the subject. Seminars will be used to re-enforce and broaden the ideas and themes developed through the lectures by introducing contemporary technologies in the context of the mobile and satellite communications industries. Students will be supplied with regular tutorial questions. Students will be encouraged to make use of appropriate web site material to further enhance their awareness and understanding of the subject. The ability to deal systematically with complex issues will be assessed by examinations. Supplementary assessment will be as original.

Lectures:   32.00          Directed Study:   152.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   12.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   4.00          Total:   200.00

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

describe, analyse and critically evaluate state-of-art-systems in satellite and mobile communications.

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

apply communications theory, principles and models in relation to mobile and satellite communications.

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

demonstrate the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development

  Examination - closed book 2.00 50%
  Examination - closed book
  Classroom test 2.00 50%
  Classroom test

Outline Syllabus:
Introduction to mobile systems: How mobile communications work. Regulatory and standardization bodies. Global take-up characteristics. Cellular coverage; reuse frequency. Mobile communications systems: Migration from second-generation to third-generation, UMTS, beyond 3G. Evolved-Second Generation Mobile Communications Systems: 2.5G General Packet Radio Service (GPRS), High Speed Circuit-Switched Data (HSCSD) Enhanced Data rate for GSM Evolution (EDGE). Third-Generation Mobile Communications: 3G (UMTS, HSDPA, HSUPA), GERAN and UTRAN. Fourth-Generation Mobile Communications: Long Term Evolution (LTE). Mobile communications and the environment.
Wireless communications: Wireless-Local Area Networks technologies (W-LANs), Bluetooth, WiMAX, Personal Area Networks (PANs).
Network Fundamentals: Protocols and Protocol Architecture - The IP protocol architecture and the OSI Model; The Internet and basic networking principles; Connectivity including Connection and Connectionless. Mobile IP Network Concepts: Basic MIP routing; Route optimisation; Mobile IP Fundamentals: Agent Discovery; Advertisement and Registration; Tunnelling; Routing; Datagrams.
Satellite communications: orbits, network architectures, modulation and coding, fixed and mobile propagation environment, link budget analysis and design. Inmarsat`s Broadband Global Area Network. Satellite navigation systems; operation, GPS, GALILEO. Satellite communications and the environment.

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