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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.
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Signal and Communication Systems 3 (ELEE09017) OR Electromagnetics, Signals and Communications 3 (ELEE09028)
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 2019/20, 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 120 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
Calculate the limits of a digital communication system defined by information theory; Apply sampling theorem and analyse quantisation noise of an analogue to digital convertor ; Design basic source coding techniques such as Huffman code; Perform encoding and decoding for several block and convolutional coding techniques to correct received errors; Compare and contrast ASK, FSK, PSK modulations schemes in terms of occupied bandwidth, complexity etc. and extend these into QPSK, MPSK, QAM for improved spectral efficiency;á Perform bit error rate calculations with the use of decision criteria and noise levels; Derive receiver noise performance, free space link path loss and perform receiver noise predictions on terrestrial and satellite receiver systems; Explain the basic concepts of mobile wireless communication networks, such as frequency reuse, fading, and multiuser techniques such as TDMA, CDMA, etc.
Reading List
The course textbook is "Digital Communications" by I A Glover and P M Grant, 3rd edition, published by Pearson Education, ISBN 978-0-273-71830-7. Other Textbooks recommended are ┐Communication Systems┐ by Simon Haykin (4th Edition) and ┐Digital Communications┐ by John G, Proakis and Masoud Salehi (5th Edition).
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Course organiserDr Majid Safari
Tel: (0131 6)51 3569
Course secretaryMrs Megan Inch-Kellingray
Tel: (0131 6)51 7079
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