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Undergraduate Course: Signals and Communication Systems 2 (SCEE08007)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of Signal Processing, Communication, and Information Theory. The course aims to provide an insight into time domain and frequency domain analysis of continuous-time signals, and provide an insight into the sampling process and properties of the resulting discrete-time signals. The course then introduces the students to basic communication modulation techniques, as well as probability theory for analysing random signals. At the end of the module students will have acquired sufficient expertise in these concepts to appreciate and analyse physical-layer communication signals.
Course description 1. Course overview, and introduction to signals, systems, communications and the broader topic of signal processing (1 hour).
2. Nature of, and types of signals; definitions of continuous time, discrete time, periodic, aperiodic, deterministic and random. Introduction to phasors and concept of frequency of single tone, typical signals and signal classification, power and energy (2 hours).
3. Signal decompositions and concept of signal building blocks (1 hour)
4. Fourier Analysis, including trigonometric and complex Fourier series, Fourier transforms, Parseval's theorem, physical interpretations, and plotting spectra (3 hours).
5. Convolution, including the concept of an impulse and the impulse response of a linear system; the concept and application of convolution, and evaluating the convolution integral using graphical methods (3 hours)
6. Nyquist's Sampling Theorem and Discrete-Time Signals (including discrete-time convolution) (3 hours)
7. Introduction to communication theory and modulation techniques, including OOK, FSK, and PSK (2 hours)
8. Multiplexing techniques, including Frequency Division Multiplexing and Time Division Multiplexing (2 hours)
9. Basic Information theory and probability (3 hours).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Engineering Mathematics 2A (SCEE08009) AND Electronics Project Laboratory 2A (ELEE08014)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 62 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% written examination.
Any student who does not attend and perform satisfactorily on the Signals and Communications 2 laboratory is deemed to have failed the course, as it tests competency regarding the use of MATLAB to analyse simple signals and communication systems.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, a student should be able to:
* distinguish between and give examples of deterministic and random, periodic and aperiodic, continuous-time and discrete-time signals;
* evaluate the trigonometric, complex Fourier Series, and Fourier transforms of simple waveforms, provide a physical interpretation for these transforms, and plot phase, magnitude, and line spectra;
* distinguish between energy and power signals, be able to perform the appropriate calculation for a given signal, and be able to apply Parseval's theorem;
* recall the convolution integral and its properties and evaluate the response of a simple linear system to a simple waveform using the integral and a graphical construction;
* recall the Nyquist sampling theorem and analyse the effect of sampling on the frequency content of a signal;
* describe various pulse modulation schemes and circuits for their generation and reception, including OOK, FSK, and PSK;
* explain frequency division and time-vision multiplexing, and analyse simple multiplexing communication systems;
* explain how communication signals can be modelled as a random process, and perform simple statistical and probabilistic analysis of simple communication schemes;
* demonstrate an ability of use MATLAB to analyse simple signals and communication systems.
Reading List
See lecture notes for full reading list.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsContinuous and discrete-time signal, Fourier analysis, Nyquist sampling theory, communication system
Course organiserDr David Laurenson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5579
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Davie
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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