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ES335-15 Communications Systems

Department
School of Engineering
Level
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Yunfei Chen
Credit value
15
Module duration
10 weeks
Assessment
100% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

ES335-15 Communication Systems

Module web page

Module aims

The module aims to study communications techniques that send and receive information reliably and efficiently in wired or wireless systems.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Communications history and types. Fourier transform for communications. Analogue modulation methods. Comparison of analogue systems. Probability analysis. Optical fibre and optical communication systems.

Introduction to digitalisation: Sampling, Pulse amplitude modulation, Pulse position modulation, Quantisation characteristic, Pulse code modulation, Delta modulation, Bandwidth.

Baseband transmission: Digital signals, Noise and errors, Pulse shaping, ISI, Equalisation, Matched filtering.

Bandpass transmission: Carrier wave modulation, Coherent and non-coherent binary systems, M-ary systems, Comparison of digital systems.

Error-control coding: Definitions, Linear block codes.

Advanced topics: may vary from year to year, could for example include the following: Quadrature carrier systems, Spread-spectrum systems, Cryptography, Fading channels, Compression.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Solve communications problems using relevant transforms.
  • Design methods for improving system performance based on required specifications.
  • Apply fundamental communications theories to evaluate the performance of communications systems.
  • Evaluate the main principles of modern optical and electronic communication
Indicative reading list

[1] Haykin & Mohr, Introduction to Analog and Digital Communications, 2nd Ed. John Wiley and Sons, 2007. (ISBN-13: 978-0471432227)
[2] Lathi & Ding, Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems, 4th Ed. Oxford University Press, 2009. (ISBN-13: 978-0195331455)
[3] Proakis, Digital Communications, 5th Ed. Mc-Graw Hill, 2008. (ISBN-13: 978-0071263788)
[4] Upamanyu Madhow, Introduction to Communication Systems, Cambridge University Press, 2014, ISBN 1107022770
[5] G P Agrawal, Fiber-optic communication systems, 4th Ed. Wiley, 2010. (ISBN: 9780470918517)
[6] Ramaswami, Sivarajan & Sasaki, Optical Networks: A Practical Perspective, 3rd Ed. Morgan Kaufmann, 2009. (ISBN 9780123740922 [TK 5103.8.R2])

Subject specific skills

Ability to conceive and make modulators, filters and other components for communications systems
Ability to be pragmatic, taking a systematic approach and the logical and practical steps necessary for, often complex, concepts to become reality
Ability to seek to achieve sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being creative and innovative

Transferable skills

Numeracy: apply mathematical and computational methods to communicate parameters, model and optimize solutions
Apply problem solving skills, information retrieval, and the effective use of general IT facilities
Overcome difficulties by employing skills, knowledge and understanding in a flexible manner
Appreciation of the global dimensions of engineering, commerce and communication

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 25 sessions of 1 hour (17%)
Seminars 5 sessions of 1 hour (3%)
Private study 120 hours (80%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

120 Guided Independent learning

Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group B1
Weighting Study time
QMP 100%

2 * 1 hour QMP online tests to be scheduled in same time slot with short break inbetween

~Platforms - QMP


  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
  • Engineering Data Book 8th Edition
  • students may use a calculator
Feedback on assessment

Returned feedback on exam result through electronic publications of relevant materials.
Cohort level feedback on examinations.

Past exam papers for ES335

Pre-requisites

To take this module, you must have passed:

Post-requisite modules

If you pass this module, you can take:

  • ES4F1-15 Radiowave Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory
  • ES96T-15 Advanced Wireless Systems and Networks

Courses

This module is Core for:

  • Year 3 of UESA-H634 BEng Electronic Engineering
  • Year 3 of UESA-H63W BEng Electronic Engineering
  • Year 4 of UESA-H63V BEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 3 of UESA-H635 MEng Electronic Engineering
  • Year 3 of UESA-H63X MEng Electronic Engineering
  • UESA-H636 MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
    • Year 3 of H636 Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
    • Year 4 of H636 Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • UESA-H637 MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research
    • Year 3 of H637 Electronic Engineering with Year in Research
    • Year 4 of H637 Electronic Engineering with Year in Research
  • Year 3 of UESA-H605 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Year 3 of UESA-H606 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng
  • Year 4 of UESA-H607 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year

This module is Core optional for:

  • UESA-H636 MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
    • Year 3 of H636 Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
    • Year 4 of H636 Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 4 of UESA-H63Y MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 3 of UESA-H115 MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • UESA-H607 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
    • Year 3 of H607 Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Intercalated year
    • Year 4 of H607 Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Intercalated year

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 3 of UESA-H113 BEng Engineering
  • Year 3 of UESA-H114 MEng Engineering
  • Year 4 of UESA-H109 MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 4 of UESA-H115 MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 4 of UESA-H110 MEng Engineering with Year in Research

This module is Option list A for:

  • Year 3 of UESA-H106 BEng Engineering
  • Year 4 of UESA-H111 BEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 4 of UESA-H118 BEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 3 of UESA-H112 BSc Engineering
  • Year 3 of UESA-H107 MEng Engineering
  • Year 3 of UESA-H109 MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 3 of UESA-H110 MEng Engineering with Year in Research
  • Year 3 of UCSA-G406 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering
  • Year 3 of UCSA-G408 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering
  • Year 4 of UCSA-G407 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of UCSA-G409 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering (with Intercalated Year)