Digital and Data Communications

EC ENGR X 422.20

Digital and data communications are creating broad new technical and business opportunities, and this comprehensive, applications-oriented course provides a rigorous introduction to digital communications principles.

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What you can learn.

  • Identify internet communications, TCP/IP protocol, routers, and switches
  • Define wireless cellular telephone communications
  • Describe satellite vs. fiber-optic communications
  • Distinguish Internet access via ADSL, cable modems, and wireless communications
  • Distinguish the difference and relationship among LANs, MANs, and WANs
  • Analyze digital signal processing methods for communications, signals, and noise

About this course:

Digital and data communications are creating broad new technical and business opportunities, and this comprehensive, applications-oriented course provides a rigorous introduction to digital communications principles. Students examine protocols and communications standards, including ISDN, FDDI, Ethernet, X.25, SONET, and frame relay, as well as ATM cell structure, headers, payload, and ATM for broadband systems. The course also investigates communications concepts that include modulation (PSK, ASK, FSK, QAM.GMSK, etc.), channel coding (convolutional, turbo, etc.), encryption, TV compression, HDTV, and spread-spectrum. Topics include Internet communications, TCP/IP protocol, routers, and switches; wireless cellular telephone communications; satellite vs. fiber-optic communications; Internet access via ADSL, cable modems, and wireless communications; LANs, MANs, and WANs; utilization of digital signal processing methods for communications, signals, and noise; sampling; information content; channel capacity; BER; link closure; synchronization; and multiplexing/ demultiplexing; as well as communications simulation techniques/software to analyze communications systems. The instructor will use MATLAB, System View, and other software for demonstrations for the analysis and solution of digital and data communications problems, but students are not required to use these programs.

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