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Module Descriptor School of Computer Science and Statistics

Module CodeCS1031
Module NameTelecommunications I
Module Short Title
Semester Taught
Contact Hours

Lecture hours: 22, Lab hours:11, Tutorial hours:11

Module PersonnelDr Marco Ruffini
Learning Outcomes
  • Describe the relevance of information in our society
  • Explain how information is measuered in telecommunicaiotns
  • Illustrate properties of analogue and digital signals, and translate between time and frequency domain.
  • Explain why and how analogue and digital signals are modulated, illustrate the characteristics of modulated signals.
  • Explain why and how are signal multiplexed both in time and frequency, the difference between these two multiplexing schemes, and their main characteristics.
  • Design a transmission system, and calculate its performance.
  • Illustrate the main characteristics of modern telecommunications networks.
Learning Aims

The Telecommunications course is intended as an introductory course. It begins with an overview of the concept of information and its significance in todays society. The aim of the course is to then shows how such information is transmitted over links and networks. The course gives particular focus on the understanding of time domain, frequency domain and bandwidth of signals. It introduces some basic operations, such as modulation and multiplexing, and will introduce some general concept of data transmission and transmission media. Course work will consists on laboratories that will put in practice most of the theory explained during the lectures.

Module Content
  • Introduction to modern telecommunications
  • Protocol stacks, OSI, TCP/IP layers
  • Definition of signal, periodic and aperiodic signals
  • Time domain and frequency domain concepts
  •  Fourier Series analysis and decomposition
  • Analog and digital modulation
  • Multiplexing
  • Signal propagation
  • Concepts of information theory
Recommended Reading List

The exam will be based on the slides thought during lectures. Some of the topics are also explained in the book: Data Communications and Networking by Behrouz Forouzan

Module Prerequisites
Assessment Details

Assessment is by examination (80%) and laboratories and project work (20%).

Assessment in supplemental is based on 100% examination

Module WebsiteCourse material will be available on WebCT
Academic Year of Data2018/19