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TITLE Communications Theory

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Communications and Computer Engineering

DESCRIPTION This study-unit lays down the theoretical foundation of communications systems. The theory will also introduce the limitations imposed by noise in the system. The performance of the communications systems will also be discussed together with an introduction to information theory.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims at providing a solid background on communication systems. The concept on how data is captured, encoded, transmitted over a noisy channel, recovered and error corrected will be covered. This is essential to understand how a communications system is developed.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Understand how noise affects a communications system and how a noisy channel can be modelled;
- Understand how information can be encoded to reduce the amount of data needed for transmission;
- Understand how source encoded information is channel coded to improve transmission efficiency.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Model Additive White Gaussian Noise Channel;
- Quantify the effects of noise of both analogue and digital modulation schemes both baseband and passband;
- Derive the signal-to-noise ratio and probability of error performance measures for the major modulation schemes;
- Measure information of a source and build statistical source codes.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

- Leon W Couch II, 2006. Digital and Analog Communication Systems (7th Edition or later). Prentice Hall.

Supplementary Reading:

- Simon Haykin, Michael Moher, 2006. An Introduction to Analog& Digital Communications, 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons.
- F.G. Stremler, Addison Wesley, 1999. Communication Systems.
- Wayne Tomasi, 2003. Electronic Communication Systems. Prentice Hall.


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

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Practical Yes 25%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Carl James Debono (Co-ord.)

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