Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction to Communications

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Communications and Computer Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce basic concepts, including the relationship between bandwidth, bit-rate, capacity, transmission delay, and multiplexing in communication networks. The study-unit also cover basic transmission line theory, including the use of the Smith chart, and basic antenna concepts.

Study-Unit Aims:

The study-unit aims at introducing basic background of communication systems. The concepts of modulation, transmission, and multiplexing on theoretical noise-free channels will be covered. Moreover, the study-unit presents theory and practice on simple matching techniques and antenna designs.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Distinguish between different analogue and digital modulation techniques;
- Value the notion of bandwidth and how this is shared amongst users;
- Assess the behavior of signals as they propagate on a transmission line;
- Determine the matching required for maximum power transfer;
- Develop simple antennas.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Select the appropriate modulation scheme;
- Work the delay a signal would experience while travelling on the medium;
- Use the Smith chart for stub matching;
- Read antenna patterns from datasheets.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- An Introduction to Analog and Digital Communications, 2nd Edition, Simon Haykin, Michael Moher.
- Digital and Analog Communication Systems (7th Edition or later), Leon W Couch II Prentice Hall.
- Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, Fawwaz T. Ulaby, Prentice Hall.

Supplementary Readings:

- Communication Systems, F.G. Stremler, Addison Wesley.
- Electronic Communication Systems, Wayne Tomasi, Prentice Hall.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study, Practicum & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Practical SEM1 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 70%

Gianluca Valentino

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