Communications Principles - EENG5700

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Huiling Zhu checkmark-circle


This module introduces fundamental concepts of communication systems and communications networks, including baseband signals and noise, analogue modulation/demodulation, sampling and digitisation, digital modulation/demodulation, network architecture and topologies, link layer, local area network and Internet protocols. Extensive practical work is included. Examples classes also support student learning.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 34
Private study hours: 116
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Examination 70%
Coursework 30%

Indicative reading

• S. Haykin, Communication Systems, Wiley, 5th Edition, 2010.
• Proakis, John G., Salehi, Masoud (2002) Communication systems engineering, Prentice Hall, New Jersey
• Ziemer, Rodger E, Tranter, William H (2014) Principles of Communications, John Wiley & Sons
• Sklar, Bernard (2013) Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications, Pearson Education Limited, Harlow

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate ability to apply different modulation and demodulation techniques;
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of digital transmission and the effects of channel and noise;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of information theory and error coding, and its application in modern communication systems.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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