Communication Systems - EENG6650

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module presents the main principles of modern communication systems and how these are applied in real communications systems. The module provides specialist knowledge of examples of current systems, including antennas and propagation, mobile and satellite communication systems. In addition, you gain an awareness of some of the available products, systems, technologies and techniques in the field of communication systems.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Examination - 60% and Coursework - 40%

Indicative reading

Recommended Reading
• Introduction to Antenna Analysis Using EM Simulators, Kigure and Rautio, Pub: Artech House, 2011
• Satellite Communications, 4th Ed., Roddy, Pub: McGraw-Hill, 2006
• Wireless Communications and Networks, Dalal, Pub: Oxford University Press, 2015
• Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, 2nd Ed., Rappaport, Pub: Prentice Hall – 2009

Background Reading
• Radio Communication, Green, Pub: Longman, 2000
• Satellite Communication Systems, Richharia, Pub: Macmillan, 1995
• Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems, Saunders, Pub: Wiley, 2007

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of how communications principles are applied in real systems.
2. Demonstrate an ability to analyse and preform top level design regarding antennas and radio propagation, satellite, mobile and fixed communication systems.
3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the special complexities of mobile links and satellite communications.
4. Demonstrate an awareness of the available products, systems, technologies and techniques in the field of communications systems.
5. Analyse and perform high level design of communication systems


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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