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Undergraduate Course: Digital Communications 4 (ELEE10006)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of how information theory relates to the design of digital communications systems and to provide the knowledge and skills to perform design calculations on these systems. Students will use standard mathematical methods to model and analyse digital communication systems and predict performance metrics such as received SNR and expected bit error ratio.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Signal and Communication Systems 3 (ELEE09017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStudents should be familiar with the sampling theorem, be able to analyse baseband communication systems in the absence of noise, discuss the concepts of noise, power spectral densities, and probability, and recall basic error correction schemes, including parity check bits, and simple block codes.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will be based on a single written paper of 90 minutes duration.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Digital Communications 42:00
Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
- perform bit error rate calculations with the use of decision criteria and noise levels;
- explain the principles behind various speech coding schemes and calculate SNR for n bit coder;
- manipulate the entropy principle to design efficient block and convolutional coding techniques to correct received errors;
- compare and contrast ASK, FSK, PSK IF coding schemes in terms of occupied bandwidth, complexity etc. and extend these into QPSK, MPSK, QAM for improved spectral efficiency;
- perform error rate calculations given formulae;
- derive receiver noise performance, free space link path loss and perform receiver noise predictions on terrestial and satellite receiver systems;
- explain the basic concepts of personal mobile communications, GSM European TDMA and CDMA systems;
- describe in terms of block diagrams, telephony multiplex systems using PDH and SDH and perform efficiency calculations on these systems.
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Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Majid Safari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3569
Course secretaryMiss Megan Inch
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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