Module Title:   Transmission Principles

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG2021M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 5

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):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To engender specialist knowledge and understanding of telecommunications transmission theory and principles. To develop advanced mathematical skills in relation to telecommunications signals and an understanding of time and frequency domain representations. To be able to evaluate non-deterministic signals through their probability distribution.

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.

The `open-logbook` coursework test provides an opportunity to evaluate student`s understanding of the material explored in the laboratory and is important because it enables quantitative interim feedback to be provided to students.

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 supplementary examination will test knowledge and understanding of material covered in both lectures and laboratory sessions.

Lectures:   16.00          Directed Study:   59.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   11.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   12.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

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

Describe transmission systems, principles and techniques.

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

Analyse and evaluate the performance of transmission systems applying mathematical techniques to deterministic and non-deterministic signals.

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


  Examination - closed book 2.00 80%
  Classroom test   20%
  Open log-book multiple-choice class test
  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%
  Supplementary Exam

Outline Syllabus:
Revision of Sinusoids and phasors, mean and peak power. Correlated and orthogonal signals.Time and frequency domain representation of analogue and digital signals. Noise, SNR, dynamic range. Density and distribution function of non-deterministic signals. Central limit theorem. PCM, SqNR for uniform PDF. Baseband digital transmission; PAM signal formats; symbol entropy; NRZ uni- and bipolar and line codes. Baseband pulse-shaping and ISI. Centre-point detection, symbol error probability in Gaussian noise. Passband transmission systems; Linear Modulation and FDM. Coherent and incoherent detection, phase quadrature. Algebraic model of noise. Pre- and post-detection SNR. Nonlinear circuits as multipliers. Nonlinear modulation, exchange of bandwidth for SNR. Radio architectures: TRF, superheterodyne, homodyne. Transmission Lines: Equivalent circuits, primary characteristics, characteristic impedance, impedance matching, attenuation and phase shift, loss-less lines.

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