Module Title:   Digital Communications Principles

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   ENG4006M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Engineering

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

Principal Co-ordinator:   Prof RAA Abd-Alhameed

Additional Tutor(s):   -

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide a detailed knowledge base for the functions and operation of the principal elements of digital communication systems and their application in the mobile and personal communications arena.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
Lectures, seminars and private study directed through the provision of tutorial questions and recommended texts.

Lectures:   16.00          Directed Study:   74.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   8.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   0.00          Formal Exams:   2.00          Total:   100.00

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

1.1 critically appreciate the signal chain processes in digital communications systems from A/D conversion, through source & channel coding, modulation, multiple access, channel equalisation, demodulation/detection & matched filtering
1.2 Perceive how these parameters are optimised for mobile & personal communications.

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

2.1 Relate system descriptions in block diagram form to appropriate mathematical analysis.
2.2 Calculate transmission BERs for different modulation schemes.
2.3 Evaluate systems to meet specified performance criteria.

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


  Examination - closed book 2.00 100%

Outline Syllabus:
Baseband processes - sampling, quantisation and PCM; information, probability and entropy; redundancy and source coding. IF modulation - ASK, FSK, QPSK, constant envelope forms, TFM, GMSK, higher order schemes, 16 QAM, star-QAM, synchronisation; spectral efficiency and BER performance.Digital transmission - channel and error control coding, hard and soft decision decoding, channel equalisation, matched filtering and ISI, multiple access, FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, SDMA. Mobile and personal communications - PMR: area coverage and capacity, , digital PMR, TETRA; Cellular operating principles of GSM, signalling and mobility management; air-interface and functionality, FDD and TDD modes, system architecture, non-cellular evolution, WiFi and WiMAX; system enhancements, MIMO, ad-hoc networking, OFDM, UWB and RFID

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