Engineering and design

Advanced Digital Communications

Module code: 832H1
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

The aim of the module is to introduce you to advanced topics in digital communications, and to provide you with up-to-date knowledge and skills required in the design and performance evaluation of wireless digital communication systems.

The following topics will be covered:

  • overview of digital communications
  • aims and constraints of the digital communication system designer
  • wireless communication fading channels
  • digital modulation
  • probability of error performance
  • bandwidth efficiency
  • adaptive modulation
  • error control coding
  • block coding
  • convolutional coding
  • interleaving
  • trellis coded modulation
  • spread spectrum
  • orthogonal frequency division multiplexing
  • multiuser communications
  • research project and simulation work using MATLAB software tools.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand fundamental and advanced digital transmission techniques for wireless communications systems.
  • Understand the principles of error correction using block and convolutional coding for the reliable transmission of digital information.
  • Analyse and compare digital communication techniques and application in practical systems.
  • Describe research work and perform modelling and simulation with the aid of software tools.