University of Malta
 

Study-Unit Description
UOM Main Page
 
 
 
Apply - Admissions 2016
Newspoint
Campus Map button
Facebook
Twitter


CODE CCE3311

 
TITLE Communication Systems

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Communications and Computer Engineering

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce design concepts from a systems perspective. It introduces the concepts of blocking and non-blocking communication networks, communications traffic theory, wireless propagation characteristics, special frequency reuse, and cellular systems. The study-unit will also cover GSM, GPRS, UMTS, DECT and satellite systems. Quality of service measures and network planning will be studied.

Study-unit aims:

This study-units aims at providing basic understanding on how to design and plan communication systems, with a special focus on cellular and satellite communication systems. It also aims at giving a theoretical background that covers radio propagation impairments, switching, and traffic theory, and presents some models used during the design and planning of wireless systems.

Learning Outcomes:

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

- Identify the difference between strictly non-blocking and reconfigurable switching systems and determine the minimum number of switches required;
- Understand the concepts behind radio propagation and traffic theory, and apply some basic models;
Design and dimension a cellular network;
- Understand the power budget in a satellite system.

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

- Use Erlang tables to determine the quality of service of system;
- Apply basic propagation models to determine the received signal strength in wireless systems;
- Work the power budget requirements in a satellite system.

Textbooks:

- F.G. Stremmler, Introduction to communication systems, Addison-Wesley.
- Telecommunications Engineering, J. Dunlop and D.G. Smith.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS Before TAKING THIS STUDY-UNIT YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE CCE2313

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 20%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 80%

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

 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
Calendar
Notices
Study-unit Registration Forms 2017/8

Register

For Undergraduate (Day) and Postgraduate students.

 

Academic Advisors 2017/8

AA1

Academic Advisors for ICT 1st year students (Intake 2017/8), NOW available

Faculty of ICT Timetables

Timetables

ICT Timetables are available from Here.

Health and Safety Regulations for Labs Form

The Faculty of ICT Health and Safety Regulations for Laboratories form can be found here

 HealthAndSafety

 
 

Log In back to UoM Homepage