ENGI28779
Communication Systems
Sheridan College Logo
 
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
 
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 56.0
Credit Value: 4.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2019
Prerequisites: ENGI34288
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A

Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Electronics Engineering Techni, Electronics Engineering Techno
Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan
Course Leader or Contact: Zohreh Motamedi
Version:
20190506_03
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

 
 
Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students learn the fundamental principles of analog and digital communication systems, including: AM and FM modulation; sampling, quantization, PCM and line coding; BPSK, ASK, PAM and FSK modulation schemes; filters, mixers, local oscillators and RF channels; AWGN, SNR, SINR and BER performance. Through lectures and laboratory assignments, students explore time and frequency domain representation of signals. In addition, students explore analog and digital modulations through laboratory and simulation assignments. Students attain skillset to work with RF test equipment, including RF function generator, spectrum analyzer, and oscilloscope.

Program Context

 
Electronics Engineering Techni Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan
This course gives students a foundational knowledge of communication systems that is required for success in this program. Students will build upon their required knowledge of AC circuits. The knowledge of communication systems acquired from this course are directly applied to the learning of future courses in this program. The principals of communication systems are essential for student success in the Capstone project that is an integral part of this program.

Electronics Engineering Techno Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan
This course gives students a foundational knowledge of communication systems that is required for success in this program. Students will build upon their required knowledge of AC circuits. The knowledge of communication systems acquired from this course are directly applied to the learning of future courses in this program. The principals of communication systems are essential for student success in the Capstone project that is an integral part of this program.


Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to conceive, design, implement and operate a modern communication system.
 
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Use RF function generator, spectrum analyzer, and oscilloscope.
  2. Analyze the power of typical signals in time and frequency domains.
  3. Practice the response of LPF, HPF and BPF filters.
  4. Study AM and FM modulation and demodulation.
  5. Practice the applications of LO oscillators and Mixers.
  6. Study sampling, quantization, PCM and line coding.
  7. Explore BPSK, ASK, PAM and FSK modulation schemes.
  8. Simulate Communication Systems using MATLAB.
  9. Compare the different types of digital modulation schemes.
  10. Model AWGN and RF channels and evaluate SNR, SINR and BER metrics.
  11. Assess, optimize and design the performance of communications systems.
  12. Explore current trends and applications of wireless communications.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Midterm Test30.0%
 Final Exam30.0%
 Labs (10 at 3% each)30.0%
 Quizzes (2 at 5% each)10.0%
Total100.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
(The School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology is abbreviated as MEET in this outline.)
  1. MEET DUAL PASS PROVISION:
    Regardless of the final total mark, students must obtain at least 50% on the exam/theory/test(s) and 50% on the lab/project(s)/assignment(s) component of this course in order to obtain a passing grade.

  2. MEET MISSED EVALUATIONS PROCESS:
    Missed evaluations will result in a grade of zero. See the process document and Verification of Injury or Illness Form posted on the Student Success in Engineering Virtual Community page on SLATE.

  3. MEET LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY:
    Assignments and Lab Reports are due as advised by the instructor. Late submission will attract a 10% deduction per day, to a maximum of 30%. Assignments submitted after 3 days late will be awarded a grade of zero.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:

 

Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Numeracy - Execute mathematical operations accurately.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Other
    Notes:  

 
 
Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: tba
Resource(s):
 TypeDescription
RequiredTextbookCommunications System Laboratory, B. Preetham Kumar, CRC Press

Applicable student group(s): Electronics Engineering Technology Students
Course Details:

Module 1: Signal and Systems
- Energy and Power of Waveforms
- Periodic and Non-Periodic Signals
- Typical Signals in Time and Frequency Domains
  (Lab 1 @ 3%) and (Lab 2 @ 3%)
  (Learning outcomes 1 and 2)

Module 2: Filters for Communication Systems

- Ideal and Practical Filters (LPF, HPF and BPF)
 (Lab 2 @ 3%)
 (Learning outcomes 3)

Module 3: Analog Modulation and Demodulation
- AM Modulation and Up-conversion
- AM Demodulation and Down-conversion
 (Quiz 1 @5%)
- FM Modulation and Demodulation

  (Lab 3 @3%) and (Lab 5 @3%)
  (Learning outcomes 4)

Module 4: Mixers, Local Oscillators and RF Channels
- Mixers and Local Oscillators
- EM spectrum and Frequency Allocation
- RF Channel, Propagation and Signal Attenuation

  (Lab 4 @3%)
  (Midterm Exam @ 30%)
  (Learning outcomes 5 and 10)

Module 5: Signal Processing for Communication Systems
- PCM (Sampling, Quantization and Encoding)
- TDM Multiplexing
- Asynchronous/Synchronous Transmissions
- Line Coding
  (Lab 6 @3%) and (Lab 7 @3%)
  (Learning outcomes 6)
 
Module 6: Digital Modulation Schemes
- BPSK, ASK, PAM and FSK Modulation Schemes
- Simulate Digital Modulation using MATLAB
(Quiz 2 @ 5%) 
(Lab 8 @3%)
  (Learning outcomes 7 and 8)

Module 7: Performance of Communication Links
- AWGN Noise
- BPSK, ASK, PAM and FSK Demodulation
(Lab 9 @3%)
(Learning outcomes 9, 10 and 11)


Module 8: Applications and Trends of Wireless Technologies
- KPIs of Wireless Links
- Wireless Communication Standards
(Lab 10 @3%)
(Final Exam @30%)
(Learning outcomes 12)


Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.


[ Printable Version ]

Copyright © Sheridan College. All rights reserved.