SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2G520040
Module Leader Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electronic Engineering
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to understand the fundamental principles of operation of modern communication systems. It covers analog and digital modulation techniques, telecommunication system impairments and fundamental concepts of transmission lines and satellite communication.


-2160 Introduction to Communication Systems Telecommunication System Impairments Modulation Analog Modulation Angle Modulation Digital Modulation Multiplexing and Multiple Access Tramismission Media Transmission Lines Satellite Communication Case Studies: Discussion of real life applications and ethical issues, for instance challenges faced in the design of an optical wireless communications system i terms of technical requirements, safety and cost trade-offs.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:Use frequency-domain representation of signals and convert simple signals between time and frequency domainsExplain the relevance of modulation in communication systems and describe conceptually and mathematically a range of analog and digital modulation techniquesDescribe time-division and frequency division multiplexingDescribe the main characteristics of guided and unguided transmission mediaExplain fundamental concepts related to transmission lines such as signal reflection, power loss and dispersive effectsExplain the advantages of satellites over terrestrial radio communication, coaxial cable and optical fibre communication systems as well as the main characteristics of satellite communication systems: satellite orbits, types of satellites, transmission impairments

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Essential theory is presented in lectures and tutorials and complemented by laboratory activities in which the student will be able to explore those part of the syllabus that are best understood through practical demonstrations. These laboratory activities involve the use of computer based analysis and simulations. Directed learning is used to reinforce the essential theory and put it in the context of real-world applications. The theoretical content is also complemented with case studies to allow the student to understand the relevance of the communication principles presented to real-world applications and to illustrate the ethical issues faced in the design of some systems, such as the compromises required between technical, cost and safety considerations.

Indicative Reading

-2160 "Electronic Communication Systems", R. Blake, 2 nd Edition, 2001, Delmar, ISBN 0-7668-2684-8 Recommended: "Modern Digital and Analog Communicatio Systems", B. P. Lathi, 3 rd Edition, 1998, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-511009-9 "Wireless CommunicationTechnology", R. Blake, 2000, Delmar, ISBN 07668-1266-9 "Data and Computer Communications", W. Stallings, 8 th Edition, 2008, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0-13-507139-9

Transferrable Skills

-2160 Technical literacy, numeracy, problem-solving, synthesis, research, individual and team skills, communication

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Exam
Coursework 1 0.00 30.00 35% Coursework lab based exercise