Module Title:   Telecommunications Fundamentals

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG1014M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   PI - Engineering: Telecomms, Electromagnetics etc (MDIS) (not in use)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr SMR Jones

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr RAA Abd-Alhameed

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To acquire broad knowledge and basic skills relating to fundamental concepts in Telecommunications signals, networks and systems.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The factual basis, concepts and principles of the subject will be introduced through formal lectures in which routine derivations and analysis will be demonstrated. The material is re-enforced through whole-group seminars. Tutorial exercises, recommended texts and the lecture notes provided, enable students to consolidate what they have learned. Students may self-assess by comparing their tutorial solutions with worked solutions provided.

Laboratory sessions permit students to explore how the principles are applied in practice and to re-enforce their understanding.

In the remaining time, students have the opportunity to reflect on, explore and extend their knowledge and understanding and to prepare for the formal examination.

Lectures:   16.00          Directed Study:   62.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   11.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   9.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

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

describe and explain fundamental concepts in Telecommunications networks and systems.

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

Perform basic calculations related to telecommunications signals and systems.
Use test equipment and simulation to observe, measure and model aspects of telecommunications system performance.

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


  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%

Outline Syllabus:
Service classification and properties: (Dialogue, Messaging, Broadcast and Retrieval), proliferation and convergence. Elements of communication systems. Multi-media signals: sound, speech, video, data. Signal theory: sinusoids, amplitude, frequency and phase, peak and mean power, energy of a pulse, frequency spectrum and bandwidth, linearity and gain-flatness. Units and dBs, gain and loss. Noise. Signal metrices, Bandwidth, time and power as communications resources. SNR, bit-rate and BER. Analogue versus digital, the regenerative property of digital transmission. Transmission media (cable, fibre and radio). PSTN topology and infrastructure. Legacy systems, PDH and SONET. Overview of local loop technologies. Switching, routing and multiplexing for circuit-switched signals. Modulation and modems.

Network topologies; star, tree, mesh, distributed, ring, bus, satellite, radio. Network components: repeater, hop, bridge, router and switch. Network types: LANs, MANs and WANs, MAC protocols CSMA, CSMA/CD, Token Rings. Criteria for performance assessment: grades of service, throughput, delay, packet loss probability. Layers and standardisation: introduction to layers models: OSI and TCP/IP.

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