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 approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 40 hours of contact time and about 110 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: