SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code M3H624910
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This Course gives exposure to the students to enhance their practical skills through the knowledge and understanding they have undergone through the core modules like Microwave and Communication & Optical Communication.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following experiments: -360 - Determination of load impedance using Microwave devices and plotting using Smith Chart -360 - Measurement of VSWR and reflection coefficient using Microwave components -360 - Measurement of free space wavelength and guided wavelength using Microwave components -360 - Velocity measurement using Doppler Radar -360 - Pulse Width Modulation using Optical Fiber link -360 - Generation and reception of PSK / QPSK using Optical trainer kit -360 - Investigation of M-ary QAM Digital modulation system using MATLAB and SIMULINK -360 - Investigation of M-ary PSK Digital modulation system using MATLAB and SIMULINK

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Implement an optical fiber communication link and interpret its transmission characteristics and losses (AM1, AM4)2. Analyse the significance of Voltage Standing Wave Ratio (VSWR) and Reflection Coefficient in a microwave transmission line. (AM1, AM4)3. Analyse the Free Space Wavelength and Guide Wavelength using a microwave trainer. (AM1, AM4)4. Evaluate the performance of a Doppler RADAR in detecting a moving object with different speeds. (AM1, AM4)5. Construct, test and determine the impedance using a microwave trainer with passive microwave components and via plotting using Smith Chart. (AM1, AM4)6. Develop a communication model using MATLAB and Simulink and investigate the effect of Intersymbol interference (ISI) in M-ary QAM/PSK signals (AM1, AM4)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on laboratory exercises used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Beniot, H., 2008. Digital Television.3rded. Great Britain: Focal press publications. -360 2. Steiglitz,K.,1997.A Digital Signal Primer with Applications. Addison Wesley Journal: IEE Proceedings on Vision, Image and Signal Processing

Transferrable Skills

Laboratories provide: Use of IT and Interpersonal/team skills Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Practicals (FT) 28.00
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Independent Learning (FT) 50.00
Assessment (FT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Lab report:50%
Exam (School) 1.50 50.00 35% Lab Examination:50%