ECE 44000 - Transmission of Information

Lecture Hours: 3 Lab Hours: 3 Credits: 4

Professional Attributes
Advanced EE Selective

Normally Offered: Each Fall, Spring

Requisites:
ECE 30100 and ECE 20800 and ECE 30200

Catalog Description:
Analysis and design of Analog and Digital Communication Systems. Emphasis on engineering applications of theory to communication system design. The laboratory introduces the use of advanced engineering workstations in the design and testing of communication systems.

Course Objectives:
To apply the principles of signal and system representation to the engineering problems associated with the design of communication systems. Emphasis is placed upon the student gaining an appreciation and understanding of the role of optimization and trade-offs in the solution of engineering problems. This is accomplished through the detailed consideration of bandwidth requirements, signal-to-noise ratio limitations, complexity, and costs of analog and digital communication systems.

Required Text(s):
  1. Principles of Communication, 6th Edition, Ziemer and Tranter, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008, ISBN No. 9780470252543.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Learning Objectives:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an ability to recognize and analyze in the time and frequency domain the performance of amplitude and frequency modulated analog communications systems in the presence of noise. [a]
  2. an ability to understand the importance, computation, and measurement using modern test equipment of standard performance measures of analog systems, which include bandwidth and signal to noise ratio. [a,j,k]
  3. an ability to recognize and analyze in the time and frequency domains the performance of various digital modulation formats, including ASK, QAM, PSK, and FSK in the presence of noise. [a]
  4. an ability to understand the importance, computation, and measurement using modern test equipment of standard performance measures of digital systems which include bandwidth and hit error probability. [a,j,k]
  5. an understanding of the basics of information theory and error control codes including the effect of error control codes on the bandwidth and bit error probability of digital systems. [a]
Assessment Method for Learning Objectives: none

Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topic
1 Review of Signals and Spectral Analysis - linearity and time-invariance - convolution - distortionless transmission
1.5 Linear Modulation - amplitude modulation (AM) - single sideband modulation - frequency conversion - frequency division multiplexing
1.5 Angle Modulation - frequency modulation (FM) - phase modulation (PM) - phase-locked loops
1 Random Signals and Noise - review of probability and random variables - review of stochastic processes - random processes and linear systems - narrowband noise
2 Noise in Analog Modulation Systems - linear modulation - angle modulation
5 Digital Communications - sampling - quantization - pulse code modulation (PCM) - time-division multiplexing (TDM) - optimum receivers and matched filtering - amplitude shift keying (ASK) - frequency shift keying (FSK) - phase shift keying (PSK) - spread spectrum techniques
2 Advanced Topics - information theory - source coding - channel capacity - error control coding - data encryption
1 Examinations

Lab Outline:

Laboratory experiments center on signal and noise measurement techniques and the design of Analog and Digital communication systems.