Digital Communications

Digital Communications
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.
 Hours4.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPHSCS 121 & MATH 112
 TaughtFall, Spring
 ProgramsContaining IT&C 327
Course Outcomes: 


Learn the EM spectrum and spectral analysis.

Communications Links

Describe the limitations of communications links.

Signal Modulation

Learn the main types of signal modulation (amplitude, frequency, phase).

Communications of Digital Information

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

Characterization of Communications Links

Understand how communications links are characterized.

Modern Communication Systems

Learn about modern communication systems, including television, facsimiles, telephone, modems, LANs, WANs, satellite, cell phone and optical systems.


Understand the main types of multiplexing (time, frequency, spatial, and code division).