Advanced Digital Communications
In the last few decades, digital communication has drastically improved our quality of life. Amenities such as fax machines, pagers, cell phones, and internet, are now considered indispensable. None of them are possible without digital communication. This course explores elements of the theory and practice of digital communications. The course will model and study the effects of channel impairments such as noise and distortion, on the performance of communication systems; and introduce signal processing, modulation, and coding techniques that are used in digital communication systems.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Cover digital communications theory including information theory, source and channel coding, modulation and multiple access principles and techniques as well as the recent advances in Digital communications, including MIMO and OFDM.
2. Study pulse modulation and discuss the process of sampling, quantization and coding that are fundamental to the digital transmission of analog signals.
3. Explain baseband pulse transmission, which deals with the transmission of pulse-amplitude, modulated signals in their baseband form.
4. Discuss error control coding which encompasses techniques for the encoding and decoding of digital data streams for their reliable transmission over noisy channels.
On completing this course, students are expected to:
1. Comprehend the basic components of digital communication systems.
2. design optimum receivers for digital modulation techniques
3. Analyze the error performance of digital modulation techniques.
4. Apply error control coding for encoding and decoding of digital data streams.