SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2H624691
Module Leader Babakalli Alkali
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide the student with detailed understanding of key telecommunication systems such as telephony, digital television transmission, Satellite systems, transmission media, antenna principlesand wave propagation.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Telephony and Transmission Systems: Overview; Subscriber loops, Trunk lines; Exchanges; TDM systems; Control and signaling functions; Space Division Switching; Traffic analysis;ISDN, ADSL, Telephone MODEMs. Transmission lines; Characteristic impedance; propagation of sinusoidal and pulsed waves; Reflection coefficient, VSWR, Impedance matching; Limitations and Applications. Digital TV Transmission Systems: Basics of Digital TV; Television systems and standards; HDTV standards; Compression techniques; MPEG 1 and 2 standards; lossy and lossless techniques; entropy and source methods; software vs hardware; codecs; error detection & correction codes; technical analysis including digitizing, coding, multiplexing and scrambling techniques for digital TV; DVB standards for cable, terrestrial and satellite transmissions. Basics of Satellite Systems:Kepler's Laws; Overview of present and future technologies; Frequency allocations; Signal strength; Signal recovery; Bandwidth; Orbits; Link budgets; Access techniques; Service providers; Receivers; Applications studies e.g. VSAT, GPS, LEO system, Personal communication systems. Antennas and Radio-wave propagation: Sources of radiation, Power radiated and radiation resistance of current element; Antenna parameters; Radiation pattern of different antennas; Applications. EM waves and properties; Modes of propagation: Ground wave, Sky wave and Space wave propagation.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Describe the features of telephony systems for modern communication systems (AM1, AM7,AM8)2. Explain the role of television transmissions at VHF and UHF for various service provisions (AM1, AM7, AM8).3. Discuss the characteristics and properties of radio waves and modes of radio wave propagation suitable for terrestrial TV and satellite applications (AM1, AM7, AM8).4. Analyse the essential characteristics of transmission lines and their applications (AM1, AM7,AM8)5. Analyse digitising, coding, data compression, multiplexing and scrambling necessitated by the advent of digitisation of TV signals (AM1, AM7,AM8).6. Analyse and evaluate performance characteristics and applications of satellite systems (AM1, AM7, AM8).7. Design antennas through understanding of antenna radiation fundamentals and antenna characteristics for various applications (AM1,AM5,AM7)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directedreading.

Indicative Reading

1. Blake, R., 2002.Electronic Communications Systems.2nd ed.Singapore: Delmar 2. Dhake,A.M., 2005.Television and Video Engineering. 2nded. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill. 3. Beniot, H., 2002.Digital Television.2nd ed. Great Britain: 4. Focal press publications. 5. Roddy, D., 2001.Satellite Communication.3rded. Singapore: 6. McGraw-Hill.

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Problem Solving and Numeracy Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 35% Mid-term test - unseen test 90 minutes duration
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - unseen exam 2hour duration
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Case study: written report- 1500 words