Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: SE1MA15 Mathematics
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr John Bowen


Summary module description:

This module aims to introduce communications systems, and describe operation of telecommunication systems.

Assessable learning outcomes:
This module will provide the students with an ability to (1) to explain and apply the principles of analogue communications (e.g. AM and FM), (2) to understand the impact of channel noise on receiver performance, (3) to perform basic link budgeting for telecommunications systems, (4) to understand the basic source coding techniques, and (5) to analyse and design analogue filters.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Amplitude modulation; DSB-LC, DSB-SC, SSB, VSB, modulators and demodulators.
Frequency modulation; modulators and demodulators.
Radio receivers; super-heterodyning.
Effects of noise on communications systems; the performance of AM and FM systems in the presence of noise.
Communication link budgets. PCM systems.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One 2-hour examination paper in May/June.

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Examination only.
    One 2-hour examination paper in August/September.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
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    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 5 January 2017

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