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SSY120 - Introduction to communication engineering
 
Syllabus adopted 2009-02-23 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPCOM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering
Department: 32 - ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING


Teaching language: English

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course
0107 Project 2,5 c Grading: UG   2,5 c    
0207 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   19 Oct 2009 pm H,  14 Jan 2010 am M

In programs

MPEPO ELECTRIC POWER ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPIES INTEGRATED ELECTRONIC SYSTEM DESIGN, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPNET NETWORKS AND DISTRIBUTED SYSTEMS, MSC PROGR - Communications and Networks, Year 2 
TIELL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING - Common branch of study, Year 3 (elective)
MPBME BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)
MPBME BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPCOM COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory)

Examiner:

Professor  Erik Agrell


Course evaluation:

http://document.chalmers.se/doc/2049324884


Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

A course in Signals and systems or equivalent, such as SSY040, SSY080 or TMA981. Students should be able to apply the Fourier transform, linear filter theory (impulse response, transfer function, convolution) and sampling.

Aim

Students obtain in this course a basic understanding of important concepts in communication engineering and an insight into modern communication standards. A theoretical framework for signal analysis and transmission is developed, and it is utilised to design and implement a low-rate digital communication system over very noisy channel hardware.
The course is organised with participation of the local communication industry, to prepare students for the expectations and working style that they are likely to encounter after graduating from Chalmers. The focus of this industry-integrated learning approach is on development projects and teamworking.
It is a broad course that gives an overview of the communications field, paving the way for deeper studies in the field and also serving as a stand-alone course that provides students from other fields with the theoretical and practical foundations of communications.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • explain the purpose of each of the main blocks (source encoder/decoder, channel encoder/decoder, modulator/demodulator) in the Shannon communication model
  • choose signal waveforms and receiver filters for digital transmission over linear channels with additive white noise but no intersymbol interference
  • synchronise the frame structure, symbol timing and phase of a received signal, and format signals on the transmitter side to facilitate such synchronisation
  • name some modern communication systems and summarise their main technical features
  • solve a complex task as a member of a project team, by planning and organising subtasks, establishing roles and common values within the team, reporting and delivering results and self-evaluating the process
  • characterise a typical development project in industry and the process for defining, running and closing such projects

Content

The contents of the course is essentially defined by the following list of keywords. Minor deviations may apply from year to year.

  • Communication systems: Shannon model, OSI model
  • Communications and society: Environment and sustainability, spectrum regulation, designer's dilemma
  • Channels and channel models: cables, wireless links, optical fibers; the AWGN channel
  • Impairments: ISI, cochannel and adjacent channel interference, fading, nonlinearities
  • Fundamental concepts: multiple access, OFDM, MIMO, error-control coding, data compression
  • Selected communication standards: cellular telephony, WLAN, Bluetooth, DVB
  • Receivers: sampling receiver, correlation receiver; matched filter implementation
  • Pulse-amplitude modulation: Nyquist criterion, T-orthogonality criterion, RC and RRC pulses
  • Bandpass signals: mixers and I/Q modulation
  • Digital modulation: properties of PAM, QAM, PSK, FSK, CPFSK in terms of waveforms, signal space, power efficiency, spectral effiency
  • Synchronisation: frame, symbol, phase synchronisation
  • Signal space analysis: signal vectors and basis functions; signal energy, length, distance; Gram-Schmidt algorithm; theorem of irrelevance
  • ML detection for AWGN: decision rule, pairwise error probability, union bound
  • Diagnostic plots: constellation plot, eye diagram
  • Projects and teamworking: industrial development projects, project organisation, project phases, deliveries, common values

Organisation

The course comprises about 12 lectures and 7 exercise sessions. The theoretical skills are tested in practice through a teamwork project, which is continuously examined throughout the course. The project is supported by the local communication industry, and the course concludes with a workshop in which students and industry representatives together reflect upon the outcome and learning experiences.

Literature

Will be announced on the course website.

Examination

A written exam and a project.


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