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EEE2009 : Signals and Communications

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Johnston
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide students with the knowledge to apply fundamental signal processing techniques to electronic engineering problems and introduce the basic concepts of analogue and digital communications. This will be achieved through lectures, tutorials, lab sessions and independent study. The skills obtained in this module are prerequisite for many other modules taught later in the degree programme and valuable for engineering careers in areas such as communications, bioelectronics, signal processing and machine learning, and automation and control.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module introduces the important subject of signal processing and different mathematical transforms that can be used to solve a variety of different engineering problems. The focus will be on the well-known Fourier, Laplace, and Z transforms, which are commonly used mathematical tools in engineering.

Additionally, analogue and digital communications will be introduced, beginning with the older but historically important amplitude modulation and frequency modulation through to more modern digital modulation techniques. A lab session will provide the opportunity for students to investigate a real frequency modulator and demodulator circuits, applying different signals and observing waveforms and frequency spectra on the oscilloscope. Students will also learn how to write a technical report on the results and findings from the lab session.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Revision for final exam and completion of final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion82:0016:00Formatively assessed tutorial sheets on all topics covered (approximately 2 hours per tutorial sheet).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture371:0037:00In-person lectures,
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Writing of summatively assessed lab report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:001 x 3hr practical lab session on Frequency Modulation.
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities112:0022:00Reading activity to supplement knowledge of material taught in each week.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00One-hour online synchronous tutorial session after the completion of each set of lecture notes.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00One timetabled optional synchronous session for students to attend if they have any queries.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study174:0074:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material and give students the opportunity to engage with set questions and query material covered in the lecture.

Problem solving is introduced through tutorial sheets and recordings will help students’ understanding of each topic. Weekly one-hour drop-in sessions on Zoom are scheduled should students wish further support from the lecturer.

Laboratory sessions provide an opportunity to gain practical experience with a variety of instruments and validate the theory introduced in lectures.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A852-hour In-Person Closed-Book Exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M15Lab Report with a maximum of 2000 words.
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MAfter each topic, students will be given a question sheet.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students to demonstrate their ability to solve engineering problems focused on signal processing and communication, assessing knowledge outcomes 1 – 5 and skill outcomes 1 – 3.

The laboratory report assesses skill outcome 4

The formatively assessed tutorial sheets will be released throughout the semester after each topic is completed. A recording of the worked solution to the questions in the tutorial sheet is released a week later. This encourages students to study each topic after it is completed and prepare them for the summatively assessed exam.

Reading Lists