Electronics for Communications - EENG6770

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 15 (7.5) Huiling Zhu checkmark-circle


Principles of microwave communication technologies and how signals are transmitted via transmission lines. Introduction to microwave circuits used in modern communication systems and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Information theory and Shannon capacity, information measure and mutual information, source coding and channel coding/decoding, multiuser communications.
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

Main assessment methods
• Transmission lines and RF propagation (4%)
• RF Simulation workshops, 2 assignments (28%)
• Optical Communications Systems (4%)
• Information Theory & Coding (4%)
Exam 2 hours (60%)

Reassessment instrument: like-for-like

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

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

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the structures that guide pulsed, RF and microwave signals, and EM propagation.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the basic RF circuit design, matching, RF amplifiers, antennas and the circuits involved in the process of high frequency signal transmission.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of information theory, error coding and its application in modern communication systems.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of optical communication systems and their performance.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. manage their own learning, and make use of ICT
2. apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding.


  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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