Module Catalogue

EEE2208 : Signals and Communications

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Wai Lok Woo
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To provide knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of linear systems theory and its application to the analysis of signals and system behaviour.
•       To provide understanding of the basic design principles of communication systems.
•       To enhance understanding of communications concepts and systems.
•       To enable the student to appreciate the vital role of analogue and digital communications in the modern world.
•       To understand basic concepts of information theory and channel coding.

Outline Of Syllabus

Signals and Systems Overview:
•       Introduction to continuous and discrete signals and systems, classifications of signals, operations of signals, convolution.

Laplace Transform:
•       The definition of Laplace transforms and their properties and applications, inverse Laplace transform, continuous time poles and zeros concepts, circuit analysis by applying Laplace transforms.

Fourier Transform:
•       The impulse response, transfer function, Fourier transforms for systems and signals and their applications, inverse Fourier transform, Fourier transform properties, Discrete Fourier transforms, Fast Fourier transform and their application to beyond 3G mobile communication systems.

•       Z transform and its applications, sampling, discrete time pole/zero concepts, description of transfer matrices, analysis of discrete time systems.

Communication system overview:
•       Introduction to elements of communication systems, coding, modulation, channels.

Analogue modulation:
•       Amplitude modulation, frequency modulation, narrow and wide band FM systems.

Digital Communication Schemes:
•       Amplitude shift keying (ASK), Frequency shift keying (FSK), Phase shift keying (PSK), Quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), spectrum efficiency and system demands, performance in noisy channels.

Information Theory:
•       Entropy and mutual information, conditional entropy and mutual information, relationship between entropy and mutual information, channel capacity and Shannon theorems.

Error detection and correction coding:
•       Introduction to channel coding and its benefits, the importance of the minimum Hamming distance and its effect on error detection and correction, a study of two coding schemes: parity check and repetition codes, simple decoding algorithms.

Introduction to power line communications:
IEEE 1901 Broadband Power Line Standard, Pulse Position Modulation (PPM), Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), Broadband over power line (BPL).

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture481:0048:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Case study/ problem solving exercises.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Lab report.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Final examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion361:0036:00Revision for final examination.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Lab sessions.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study691:0069:00General reading; reviewing lecture notes; solving practice problems.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving is introduced through lectures and practiced during tutorial sessions. Laboratory sessions provide an opportunity to gain practical experience of the application of the application of techniques introduced during lectures.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M15N/A
Case study2M15Case study/ problem solving exercises.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the course material.
The case study/ problem solving aspects of the assessment enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to specific problems. The laboratory report provides the opportunity for the students to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of selected topics.

Reading Lists