CT4001 - Communications Engineering (2017/18)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2017/18|
|Module title||Communications Engineering|
|Module level||Certificate (04)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2017/18||
This module introduces a range of fundamental concepts in both analogue and digital communications, through theory and practical exercises. The module also considers ethical, social, economic and environmental issues relevant to the Communications and Telecommunications fields.
1- To introduce students to fundamental concepts of modern Communication Systems;
2- To differentiate between analogue and digital communications and their typical uses;
3- To provide a working technical vocabulary for describing commonly used telecommunication systems;
4-To provide an understanding of telecommunications systems concepts such as bandwidth, the decibel, sampling, coding, multiplexing, modulation, etc;
5- To provide an opportunity for students to consider the various ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of modern telecommunications;
Overview of communication systems, significant historical events and developments, and regulatory bodies;
Social, Political, Environmental and Economic implications from Modern Telecommunications;
Analogue and Digital Signal Characteristics;
Bandwidth, Attenuation, Noise, types and the Decibel;
Signal Representation and Spectral Analysis;
Analogue and Digital Modulation and Demodulation Techniques;
Analogue and Digital Multiplexing and Demultiplexing Techniques;
Sampling Theorem, Analogue to Digital and Digital to Analogue Conversions (ADC and DAC);
Coding Processes and Line Encoding Schemes;
Examples of modern communications systems.
Learning and teaching
The teaching and learning strategy for this module is kept in line with the traditional approach of lectures, tutorials, laboratory measurements and exercises. The subject coverage is so arranged that the material covered during the first five/six weeks is of a more basic and generic nature while the material for the remaining weeks incorporates more advanced telecommunications concepts.
The lectures are supported by problem-solving tutorials and laboratory practical sessions (Group/Team work). The module is supported via a web based homepage. This site is continuously updated with guidelines and additional lecture support material throughout the year.
Group or team work is encouraged and reinforced during both the laboratory and the tutorial sessions, especially for the social implications essay, even though it is the individual student's effort that is assessed. The two multiple choice test problem sheets are designed and graded automatically once submitted so that a fair amount of student self-learning can take place.
Through the laboratory activities students are exposed to the most common modulation techniques such as amplitude and frequency modulation and take relevant measurements. All records are kept in an issued ‘instructions and log-book document’, which also includes additional laboratory relevant exercises for home activity prior to submitting it for assessment in week 24.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
LO1. List key milestones in the history of communications and assess both the social, economical, political, environmental and technological implications;
LO2. Explain the basic structure of modern communication systems;
LO3. Describe the characteristics of signals commonly encountered in communications systems;
LO4. Explain the need for conversion between analogue and digital signals;
LO5. Explain the relative advantages of analogue and digital communications, differentiate between the most common modulation methods, and relate these to laboratory measurements;
LO6. Select an appropriate communications system for a given application.
This would be assessing student’s learning of social / economic / political implication of telecommunications (LO1), A series of problem sheets promoting learning outcomes: LO2-6, and Laboratory report (LO5).
Unseen Exam (50%):
The exam will be assessing the learning outcomes LO2 to LO6.
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