MEng Electronic Engineering

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Digital Mobile Communications

Unit code EEEN30069
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Available as a free choice unit? No


(1)  Background and trends on digital mobile communication systems (2 hours)

        Modern development of digital & mobile systems and spectrum allocation

        Revision on fundamentals: BER, SNR, capacity etc


(2)  Baseband digital communication (6 hours)

        Pulse shaping and matched filtering

        Channel coding for reliable transmission

        Nyquist criterion for distortion-less transmission

        Intersymbol interference and principles of equalisation


(3)   Bandpass digital communication (4 hours)

        Basic modulation schemes: PSK, FSK and QAM, and error rate performance

        Advanced modulation schemes: Offset QPSK, p/4-DQPSK, MSK, GMSK



(4)  Mobile radio propagation and Diversity (4 hours)

        Path loss & shadowing

        Link budget & noise figure calculation

        Multipath fading effect

        Diversity and combining techniques


(5)  Multiple access techniques (4 hours)

        FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, and OFDMA


(6)  Cellular network design (4 hours)

        Frequency reuse planning & signal-to-interference calculation

        Channel assignment schemes & handoff strategies

        Traffic calculation & capacity enhancement techniques



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Analogue and Digital Communications EEEN20035 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 2020/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

The unit aims to:

  • Provide a fundamental knowledge on digital & mobile communication systems in the physical layer, medium access control layer and network layer, with more emphasis on the physical and MAC layer.
  • Develop a good understanding on the fundamentals of digital communication
  • Introduce the fundamentals about channel coding and error control mechanisms 
  • Understand the nature of wireless communication channel, especially channel fading
  • Introduce the cellular system design methodology.


Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:




  • Apply baseband processing techniques and error control mechanisms




  • Describe various types of modulation techniques




  • Apply appropriate wireless channel models and calculate the channel parameters




  • Describe different types of multiple access techniques




  • Design cellular networks and apply enhancement techniques




Teaching and learning methods

Lectures with worked examples.

Blackboard quizzes for formative feedback


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written exam 80%


Two marked tutorial questions.

Duration: 5 hours each

The coursework forms 20% of the overall unit assessment

Six blackboard quizzes - 15 Minutes each

Recommended reading

[1] A. Goldsmith, Wireless communications, Cambridge; Cambridge University Press, 2005.

[2] T. S. Rappaport, Wireless communications¿: principles and practice, 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Prentice Hall PTR, 2002.

[3] A. F. Molisch, Wireless communications, 2nd ed. Chichester, U.K: IEEE, 2011.

[4] J. G. Proakis, Digital communications, 5th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2008.

[5] S. Lin, Error control coding¿: fundamentals and applications, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.¿;: Prentice-Hall, 1983.

[6] S. S. Haykin, Digital communication systems, Hoboken, N.J: Wiley, 2014.


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 76

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Daniel So Unit coordinator
Zhiguo Ding Unit coordinator

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