MEng Electronic Engineering / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Analogue and Digital Communications

Unit code EEEN20035
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Available as a free choice unit? No


(1) Background and fundamental techniques

Sampling theorem, pulse shaping theorem and bandwidth definition, the eye diagram, signal classification, additive noise, PDF, autocorrelation, Fourier analysis, PSD, ESD and Wiener-Kitchen relationship, etc.

(2) Baseband signalling and detection

Binary pulse code modulation, m-ary code modulation, properties and spectral occupancies, matched filter detection and analysis, bipolar versus Unipolar system performance, Eb/No and SNR, etc.

(3) Analog modulation techniques

Amplitude modulation, frequency, phase modulation and demodulation techniques. Examples of phase and frequency differences.

(4) Digital modulation techniques

Binary and M-ary generic digital modulation techniques such as amplitude (ASK), phase (PSK) and frequency (FSK) modulation and demodulation and combinations of (APSK). BER graph reading and relations to SER.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Signals and Systems EEEN20027 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 course unit unit aims to:

Introduce the student to the research methodologies and techniques used in Electrical Energy Conversion Systems. The topic and the project Specification are arranged jointly between the student and his/her project supervisor.

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding basic concepts in analogue and digital communication systems
  • Understand the basic requirements of communication systems and the basic terminologies
  • Understand the practical implementation and limitations of modulation techniques

Intellectual skills

  • Ability to utilise fundamental principles for signal analysis
  • Design basic communication systems

Practical skills

  • Ability to design and test analogue and digital modems.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Ability to assess communication systems
  • Develop basic hardware signal processing skills

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 90%
Report 10%

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Practical classes & workshops 3
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 75

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Emad Alsusa Unit coordinator

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