Electronics for Communications - EENG6770

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 15 (7.5) Huiling Zhu checkmark-circle


Information theory and Shannon capacity, information measure and mutual information, source coding and channel coding/decoding, multiuser communications.

Network architecture, topology. Access networks, voice and data. Transport networks and multiplexing. Local are networks, Ethernet, WiFi. TCP/IP networks and the Internet.

Optical communication systems. Propagation in optical fibres. Sources (LEDs, laser), modulation. Photodiodes, receivers. Optical components. System power budgets, noise and dispersion.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Examination 85%
Coursework 15%

Indicative reading

Recommended Reading
• Computer Networking and the Internet, F Halsall, Addison Wesley
• Communication Systems, Simon Haykin, 5th Edition, 2010
• Communication Systems Engineering, Proakis, Salehi, Prentice Hall
• Optical Fiber Communications: Principles and Practice, Senior et al., Pearson
• Optical Fiber Communications G.Keiser McGraw-Hill 4th Edition (2010)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of information theory, error coding and its application in modern communication systems;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of communication network architectures and protocols.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of optical communication systems and their performance


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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