Module Title:   Fundamentals of Telecommunications

Module Credit:   20

Module Code:   ENG1067L

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 1

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 4

Module Type:   Linked 10+10

Provider:   Engineering

Related Department/Subject Area:   School of Engineering

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr SMR Jones

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr RAA Abd-Alhameed

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   ENG1312L

To acquire broad knowledge and basic skills relating to fundamental concepts in Telecommunications networks, systems and signals; including an introduction to radiowaves through geometric optics. To develop practical modelling and measurement skills related to telecommunications systems and signals.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
The factual basis, concepts and principles of the subject will be introduced through formal lectures. The material is re-enforced through whole-group seminars., demonstrations and tutorials. Tutorial exercises, recommended texts, lecture notes and on-line support, enable students to consolidate what they have learned. Students may self-assess by comparing their tutorial solutions with worked solutions provided. At the end of Semester 1, students will undertake a short MCQ classroom test covering material from both lecture and laboratory sessions. This will provide interim feedback to students.
Laboratory sessions will permit students to explore how the principles are applied in practice, to re-enforce their understanding and to develop modelling and measurement skills.
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.
The final examination will cover material addressed in both lecture and laboratory sessions, providing the opportunity for more extended analytical and descriptive questions.

Lectures:   24.00          Directed Study:   126.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   24.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   24.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   200.00

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

Appreciate, describe and explain fundamental concepts in Telecommunications networks, systems and signals; describe and explain the properties of electromagnetic waves using geometric optics.

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 70%
  Classroom test 1.00 30%
  Multiple-choice class test: open log book only

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
Services, classification and properties; Multi-media signals; sound, speech, video, data. Analogue versus digital, the regenerative property of digital transmission. Signal metrics: sinusoids, amplitude, frequency and phase, peak and mean power, energy of a pulse, units and dBs, gain and loss. Frequency spectrum, bandwidth, linearity and gain-flatness. Noise, SNR, bit-rate and BER. Modulation. Bandwidth, time and power as communications resources.
Network topologies; star, tree, mesh, distributed, ring, bus, satellite, radio. Network components: repeater, hub, 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.
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.
Field concepts: electrostatics, magnetostatics. Electromagnetic waves: speed of light; plane waves; polarisation; application to microwaves and radio waves. Geometrical optics: reflection, refraction, total internal reflection; curved reflectors; imaging and focusing, diffraction, interference; aperture diffraction; standing waves.
Use of signal generators and oscilloscopes. Time and frequency-domain measurement. Telecommunications network simulation.

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