SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH623154
Module Leader Tuleen Boutaleb
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electronic Engineering
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Communication Systems (SD3)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide the student with a detailed understanding of more advanced communication technologies used in industries such as electrical, electronic, energy and transportation engineering. Case studies will include relevant applications and analysis of existing and future systems. The emphasis will be on the applications, added value, control, cost, future developments and limitations of the technologies.


The teaching syllabus will include the following areas: Communications technologies used in Supervisory, Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems including the use of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs); case studies of modern industrial communications systems such as the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and GSM-R; modulation and coding techniques; application of wired, wireless and optical communications channels; radio spectrum regulation and management; antenna design; theoretical and practical consideration of radiowave propagation including propagation in fixed and mobile environments; introduction to software defined radio (SDR) and cognitive radio.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:understand the principles of operation of SCADA systems and PLCs;describe the operation of typical industrial communications systems such as ERMTS;perform calculations and modeling based on modern modulation and coding techniques;perform link budget calculations on typical communications system channels;interpret and understand current radio spectrum regulations; design simple antennas; perform wireless communication channel simulations; describe the relevance of SDR and associated technologies.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Example sub systems/systems, current technology applications, reading assignments, seminars, case studies, practical exercises and computer aided learning materials will be used in addition to lectures, tutorials and laboratory work.

Indicative Reading

W Stallings, Wireless Communications Networks, Prentice Hall. C A Balanis, Antenna Theory: Analysis and Design, Wiley and Sons.

Transferrable Skills

- Technical literacy - Simulation studies - Problem solving - Independent learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 6.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 18.00
Independent Learning (PT) 128.00
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Practicals (PT) 12.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 128.00
Practicals (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 0.00 30.00 35% Case Study
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Unseen Exam