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John B. Anderson, Digital Transmission Engineering, Prentice Hall/IEEE Press, 1999.


ECE 3640 and Math 5710

Course Summary

The first portion of the class will cover topics in analog communication. Beginning with basic Fourier transform properties, techniques for analog modulation and demodulation will be developed. Insights to these problems will be uncovered along the way. There is no textbook for this portion of the course.
The majority of this course will be devoted digital communication. For a list of topics that will be covered see the Table of Contents of Anderson's book. Chapters 1-4 will be covered thoroughly.

Course Outcomes

  1. Understand analog amplitude, phase, frequency modulation and demodulation from signal processing and functional block diagram descriptions.
  2. Implement analog AM and FM modulators and demodulators using discrete-time signal processing techniques. This requires an understanding of sampling, reconstruction, up-sampling, and down-sampling.
  3. Know and understand the operation and purpose of elements in basic baseband and bandpass digital communication systems.
  4. Compute probability of bit error in basic digital communication systems over additive white Gaussian noise channels.
  5. Understand how various design decisions and system degradations effect eye and constellation diagrams. Understand signal space concepts.


Homework assignments will be given approximately weekly and will be posted to the class web page.


Lab assignments will be given periodically to extend and amplify the topics discussed during lectures. The labs will mainly be done using Matlab/Simulink computer software. The lab assignments will be posted to the class web page.


Questions on exams may be taken from material covered in lectures, labs, the textbook, or supplementary material discussed in class.


Homework (20%), Labs (20%), Exam 1 (20%), Exam 2 (20%), Final (20%). Because you are not competing for grades, you will benefit by studying together and teaching one another.

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