Aims/Description: This module introduces the basic structure of a communication system and examines the various circuits and signal engineering strategies that are necessary to make a system work. The fundamental building blocks of a communications system are introduced and analysed in terms of the critical design metrics. Following on from the system approach, a range of circuit components are introduced and analysed such as filters and oscillators. This approach will provide you with a range of levels of system and component understanding such that you can apply these to designs.

Staff Contact: FORD KENNETH L
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Practical skills assessment

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