ELE-220 - Communications Systems3 credits
This course consists of a study of modem electronic telecom/communications systems used for the transmission of analog information and data. First, the student is introduced to the basic components of a telecommunications system through a block diagram model. Fundamental concepts of signals, noise, bandwidth, and channel are introduced. Sub-systems which are peculiar to electronic telecommunications systems are covered with emphasis given to the concepts of filter theory, system frequency response, dBs, and signal bandwidth. Specific electronic modulation schemes are now discussed. Emphasis is given to the most important legacy pass-band systems; analog, amplitude and frequency modulation, and the most important present day base-band systems; analog pulse and digital modulation. The theory of operation behind each system, the practical implementation, and the relative merits of each are examined and analyzed completely. The course concludes with a discussion of modem multiplexing and access techniques and, an introduction to EM propagation, wireline transmission line concepts, fiber-optic communications systems, present day telecomm networks, and basic antenna theory. The lab portion of the course will provide hands-on experience with many of the topics discussed in lecture.
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