Module Catalogue 2016/17

EEE8003 : Modulation and Coding

  • Offered for Year: 2016/17
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Stephane Le Goff
  • Lecturer: Dr Martin Johnston
  • Owning School: Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Undergraduate degree level knowledge of digital signal processing and communications

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To ensure students have a sound knowledge of the fundamental concepts of modern digital communications, particularly in the context of mobile communication systems.

Outline Of Syllabus

Overview of digital and mobile communications. Digital modulation: time and frequency domain representation of baseband and passband signals for ASK, QAM, OQPSK, FSK, CPPSK, MSK, GMSK. Digital receivers: MAP criterion, orthonormal representation and the ML criterion, BER for binary signalling. Coding: linear block codes, cyclic codes, systematic cyclic codes, convolutional codes.

Advanced material drawn from:
System design issues for multitone modulation schemes. Multicarrier systems. Mobile modulation schemes. Convolutional codes and the Viterbi decoding algorithm.
Trellis coded modulation (TCM),
Turbo and low-density parity check (LDPC) codes,
Bit-interleaved coded modulation (BICM)
Multiple-input multiple output (MIMO) and space-time block code based systems.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

Detailed knowledge in the areas of wireless channels, digital modulation, digital receivers, and coding theory.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Ability to distinguish a variety of modern modulation schemes.
Ability to methodically describe modern error control coding schemes.
Ability to characterise wireless channels.

Graduate Skills Framework

Graduate Skills Framework Applicable: Yes
  • Cognitive/Intellectual Skills
    • Critical Thinking : Present
    • Data Synthesis : Assessed
    • Numeracy : Assessed
    • Literacy : Assessed
    • Information Literacy
      • Source Materials : Assessed
  • Self Management
    • Planning and Organisation
      • Goal Setting And Action Planning : Assessed
      • Decision Making : Assessed
    • Personal Enterprise
      • Innovation And Creativity : Assessed
      • Initiative : Assessed
      • Problem Solving : Assessed
    • Budgeting : Assessed
  • Interaction
    • Communication
      • Interpersonal : Assessed
      • Written Other : Assessed
    • Team Working
      • Collaboration : Assessed
      • Relationship Building : Assessed
      • Leadership : Assessed
      • Negotiation : Assessed
  • Application
    • Commercial Acumen
      • Market Awareness : Present
      • Governance Awareness : Present
      • Financial Awareness : Present
    • Social Cultural Global Awareness : Present
    • Legal Awareness : Present

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Matlab assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical121:0012:00Matlab
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE8104Digital Communications
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Learning outcomes are achieved by a combination of lectures and self-directed learning (SDL) parts. In the lectures, the students are introduced in the theory of advanced communications, while in the SDL part of the module, the taught material is applied by the students to investigate the performance of a digital communication link that employs error control coding via simulation in Matlab.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A85N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8104Digital Communications2N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M15Matlab assignment (2500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The theoretical concepts introduced in the lectures are assessed via written exam. In addition, each student has to write a detailed report of the Matlab experiments. This report is formally assessed. The Matlab sessions illustrate the various concepts explained in class and provide students with several examples of problems encountered by R&D engineers in the telecommunication industry.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2016/17 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2017/18 entry will be published here in early-April 2017. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.