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EE50190: Digital communications

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 25%, EX 75%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 25%)
  • Examination (EX 75%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce students to advanced topics in digital communication systems.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the course, the student should be able to understand and evaluate:
* The main operating features of digital communication systems,
* The relative performance of the various modulation methods,
* The efficiency of error detection and correction methods
* The security of encryption systems.

The skills developed through this course are:
* The design of digital communications systems.
* The use of advanced modulation and channel coding techniques.
* Critical evaluation of and improvement of existing digital communications systems.


* Digital modulation techniques: binary modulation and demodulation; QPSK, OQPSK, MSK; QAM and trellis coded modulation.
* Channel coding: linear block codes for error detection and correction; cyclic codes and shift register generation and detection; Hamming, BCH, RS and Golay codes.
* Convolution coding: definition, generation and distance properties of convolution codes; Viterbi decoding with hard and soft decisions; sequential and feedback decoding; interleaving.
* Variable rate codes: generation and decoding of punctured convolutional codes.
* Advanced coding methods: turbo and low-density parity check codes.
* Spread spectrum techniques: overview and pseudo-noise sequences; direct sequence and frequency hopping systems; synchronisation.
* Encryption and decryption: cipher systems and secrecy; practical security; stream encryption; public key cryptosystems.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

EE50190 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

EE50190 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.