IT&C 327

Digital Communications

Electrical and Computer Engineering Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering

Course Description

Ohm's law, power, inductance, capacitance, reactance, impedance, resonance, transformers. Properties of waves and electromagnetic radiation, including light. Communication systems, wired and wireless. Bandwidth, modulation; Shannon's theorem, telecommunications. Network physical and data link layers (ISO/OSI model). Optics/Coax/Twisted pair; RS-232/Ethernet; Signals/Protocols/Packets; digital communication theory fundamentals.

When Taught

Fall

Grade Rule

Grade Rule 8: A, B, C, D, E, I (Standard grade rule)

Min

4

Fixed

4

Fixed

3

Fixed

3

Title

Communications of Digital Information

Learning Outcome

Describe multiple types of digital information and how that information is communicated over wire, wireless, and optical fiber.

Title

Spectrums

Learning Outcome

Describe the significance of the EM spectrum and spectral analysis in digital communications.

Title

Communications Links

Learning Outcome

Describe the data rate limitations of communications links, referencing especially Shannon’s Law.

Title

Signal Modulation

Learning Outcome

List the intrinsic advantages and disadvantages of the three types of signal modulation (amplitude, frequency, phase).

Title

Physical Communication Media

Learning Outcome

Give the physical properties of physical communication media (wire, wireless, optical fiber) and describe how they affect data rate capacity.

Title

Digital Information

Learning Outcome

List the advantages of transmitting information digitally (as compared to older analog methods).

Title

Characterization of Communications Links

Learning Outcome

Describe how communications links are characterized.

Title

Modern Communication Systems

Learning Outcome

Give four characteristics of each of the following communication systems: television, facsimiles, telephone, modems, LANs, WANs, satellite, cell phone and optical systems.

Title

Data Rate Limitations

Learning Outcome

Describe the limitations that resistance, capacitance and inductance impose on data rates over wire.