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Postgraduate Course: Digital Communication Fundamentals (MSc) (PGEE10019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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 Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
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 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 62 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 70% Examination
30% Coursework
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
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 secretaryMiss Jo Aitkenhead
Tel: (0131 6)50 5532
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