|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
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.
Signals and Systems Overview
Introduction to continuous and discrete signals and systems, classifications of signals, operations of signals, convolution.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||15:00||30:00||Problem solving exercises|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||5:00||10:00||Lab reports|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||48||0:30||24:00||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||3:00||3:00||Final exam|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||Tutorials|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||48||1:00||48:00||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||4||3:00||12:00||Electronics Laboratory|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||30:00||30:00||General reading|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||31:00||31:00||reviewing lecture notes.|
Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving is introduced through lectures and practised during tutorial sessions. Laboratory sessions provide an opportunity to gain practical experience of the application of techniques introduced during lectures
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prob solv exercises||2||M||15||2 problem solving exercises for signals and communications respectively. Each exercise is worth 7.5%.|
|Practical/lab report||2||M||15||Completion of a notebook for lab report preparation worth 3% and two lab reports woth 6% each.|
The examination provides the opportunity for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the examination and of the assignment 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.
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