This unit is designed to provide the theoretical basis for the understanding of the engineering aspects of analogue and digital transmission, which leads to the design, construction, and operation of existing and emerging communication systems. The unit will provide the support for students requiring basic knowledge of analogue and digital transmission in order to handle concurrently studied Engineering Design projects that involve various aspects of analogue and digital transmission in communication systems. Consequently, the syllabus is a collection of specialised tutorials and workshops, the emphasis and sequence of which accommodates the demands of any concurrent PBL exercises. Optical systems as well as optical transmission infrastructure are covered here. In addition to delivery by class and tutorial, the unit will incorporate laboratory exercises and demonstrations of the concepts and techniques presented.

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NEF1201 - Engineering Mathematics 2

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Determine signals and their characteristics as depicted in time and frequency domains; Apply statistical analysis of random signals and the characterization of such signals in terms of correlation and power spectral density functions and the concept of signal-to-noise ratio;  
  2. Translate the information bearing nature of signals and the bandwidth considerations; Determine the types of noise present in telecommunication systems and the characterisation of thermal noise;  
  3. Apply the principles behind frequency translation and its depiction as various types of modulation;  
  4. Employ the signal transition in linear and non-linear systems, and the recognition of such systems in terms of filters and other components;  
  5. Translate the assessment of performance in digital communication systems in terms of bit error probability.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Individual Research Project Report 20%
Test Test 15%
Test Test 20%
Laboratory Work Laboratory Reports (3) 45%

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