Topic outline

  • Topic 1

    Course Rationale and Goals

    The course is planned as a senior-level ‘Technical Elective’ course. It assumes that the students have a background in signals and systems, frequency domain spectrum, probability and statistics.  The course presents the fundamentals of digital communication systems and evaluates the performance of digital signaling on physical channels.

    • Topic 2

      Introduction to binary modulated bandpass signaling techniques:

      Binary On-off Keying (OOK), Phase-shift Keying (BPSK) and Frequency-shift Keying (FSK) techniques will be introduced and examined

    • Topic 3

      Multilevel modulated bandpass signaling schemes:

      Quadrature Phase-shift Keying (QPSK), M-ary Phase-shift Keying (MPSK) and Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) techniques will be introduced and examined

    • Topic 4

      Review of probability and random variables:

      Review of probability theory, random variables, probability density functions, ensemble averages, distributions and functional transformation of random variables.

      • Topic 5

        Random processes and the representation of the random noise:

        Random processes, stationarity and ergodicity, correlation functions, power spectral density, Wiener-Khintchine Theorem, white noise, bandpass processes

      • Topic 6

        Matched filter receivers:
      • Topic 7

        Error probabilities for baseband signalling:
      • Topic 8

        Detection and error probability for bandpass signals
      • Topic 9

        Comparison of digital signaling systems: