SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3H623517
Module Leader Roberto Ramirez-Iniguez
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electronic Engineering
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Appropriate Level 1 and Level 2 (or equivalent) modules in electronic and/or electrical engineering.

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required to understand and deal with the concepts, theory and applications of analogue and digital communications techniques. Material on transmission lines and propagation of signals is presented. It balances a systems approach with sufficient detail about 'real world' applications to equip the student to do useful work.


Review of analogue and digital modulation. Multiplexing and multiple access. Review of digitisation of continuous signals. Amplitude, phase and power spectra concepts. Fourier series representation of continuous signals. Spread spectrum techniques. The superheterodyne receiver. Software Defined Radio (SDR). Noise, error detection, channel capacity, transmission impairments and limitations. Use of wireless, optical fibre and copper cable communications channels. Transmission line equivalent circuits, characteristic impedance, reflection coefficient, propagation of sinusoidal and pulsed waveforms, VSWR. Introduction to radiowave propagation in fixed and mobile environments. Introduction to antenna design. Introduction to satellite communications.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:- Theoretically and practically work with frequency-domain representations of signals and convert signals between the time and frequency domains;- Explain conceptually and mathematically a range of analogue and digital modulation methods;- Describe time-division and frequency division multiplexing and multiple access;- Describe and analyse key characteristics of analogue and digital line transmission systems and design simple antennas;- Describe and analyse key characteristics of wireless transmission systems;- Describe key characteristics of satellite communication systems.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Essential theory and the rigour of analysis is presented in lectures and tutorials and is supported by directed learning. Laboratory activities allow the student to explore many areas of the syllabus where learning can be enhanced by practical work. Directed learning and laboratory demonstrations are used to engage the student in case studies to reinforce the essential theory and put it into the context of real world applications. Computer based analysis and simulation tools are used as appropriate.

Indicative Reading

"Data and Computer Communications", W Stallings, 7th edition, Prentice Hall, 2003, ISBN 0-13-57274-2 "Electronic Communications Systems", Delmar, 2nd Ed, Blake, ISBN 0-7668-2684-8 "Electronic Communications: Principles and systems", W Stanley & J Jeffords, Delmar, ISBN 1-4180-0003-5

Transferrable Skills

Technical literacy. Simulation studies. Probelm Solving. Independent Learning.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Practicals (PT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Unseen Examination
Coursework 1 0.00 30.00 35% Coursework in week 10