Advanced Digital Communications - EL827

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 5)
Autumn 7 15 (7.5) PROF J Wang checkmark-circle


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.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

85% Examination
15% Practical

Indicative reading


See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

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 information theory.
5) 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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