Digital Communications (H6106)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

The aim of the module is to introduce the basic principles of digital communications and provide the students with knowledge and skills required in the design and performance analysis of digital communication systems.

The following topics will be covered:

  • introduction
  • digital versus analogue
  • main components of digital communication systems
  • digital baseband transmission
  • sampling
  • quantisation
  • data transmission fundamentals
  • line coding
  • binary and multilevel signalling
  • multiplexing
  • detection of digital signals
  • noise in communication systems
  • inter-symbol interference
  • decision theory
  • digital modulation and demodulation
  • probability of error performance and bandwidth efficiency
  • fundamentals of information theory and channel coding
  • research project and simulation work using MATLAB software tools.


55%: Lecture
45%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Report)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 40 hours of contact time and 110 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.