Advanced Digital Communications - EENG8270

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 7 15 (7.5) Jiangzhou Wang checkmark-circle


Digital Communication - Advanced modulation and optimal receivers design and their performances of M-ary PSK and QAM; Signal design for bandlimited channels; Carrier and symbol synchronization; Multichannel and multicarrier communications (e.g. OFDM); Filterbank based Multicarrier Transmission (FBMC); Spread spectrum and CDMA signals for digital communications; Multiuser communications; multiple input multiple output (MIMO) technology.

Channel Coding - Channel coding concept and properties. Block codes, convolutional codes and Turbo codes, Polar codes and LDPC codes

Digital Communication.
Seven examples classes.
Channel Coding
Four examples classes.

Two 4-hour laboratory sessions introducing Simulink and its application to digital communications. An assessed assignment on a digital communications link.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 41
Private study hours: 109
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Practical (25%)
Examination (75%)

Indicative reading

Recommended Reading:
• Digital Communications 5th Edition, J. Proakis and M. Salehi, McGraw-Hill International Editions, 2008
• Wireless Communications, A. Goldsmith, Cambridge Press, 2006

Background Reading:
• Probability Random Variables and Stochastic Processes, A. Papoulis, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2002

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1) Understand the principles of different digital modulation schemes, spread spectrum technology, multiple access technologies, and how to analyse them;
2) Understand the principles of multichannel and multicarrier communications;
3) Understand the principles of multiple input multiple output systems;
4) Understand the principles of error correcting codes and be able to analyse and design in outline the digital circuits employed.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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