COM556 - Wireless & Satellite Communication Systems

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Subject Title
Wireless & Satellite Communication Systems

Subject Description
This course builds on the foundations established in COM455 to provide a broad understanding of modern wireless communication systems. The course begins with a review of baseband encoding and digital modulation techniques with an emphasis on time and frequency domain characteristics. From here, principles of In-Phase/Quadrature (I-Q) modulation and demodulation are examined with an emphasis on software implementation and vector signal analysis. Also examined are multiplexing techniques, error detection and correction, applications of the OSI network model with protocol analysis and compression techniques. Short, medium and long range wireless communication is introduced including issues of throughput, reliability and scalability. Students emerge with a broad understanding of modern wireless networking technology and the tools used for implementation and analysis.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Electronics Engineering Technology Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Identify, diagram, compare and contrast time and frequency domain characteristics for a variety of digital baseband and modulated waveforms, including calculation of minimum bandwidth.
2.  Apply Shannon's Law to determine channel capacity, relative noise immunity and minimum bandwidth for the same.
3.  Explain basic block diagrams for simple In-Phase/Quadrature (I-Q) modulation and demodulation schemes.
4.  Use software to generate complex baseband and digitally modulated waveforms, and measure their time and frequency domain characteristics with oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer.
5.  Describe wireless multiplexing and multiple access methods and calculate related parameters.
6.  Perform protocol analysis on Local Area Network (LAN) traffic to reveal OSI layer components and handshaking sequences.
7.  Describe, compare and contrast network transport techniques for block coding, error detection and correction.
8.  Analyze and explain the principles of early generation TDMA and CDMA cellular systems such as GSM and WCDMA.
9.  Explain principles and techniques used in modern cellular communications, and perform related calculations and analysis.
10. Analyze and explain the operation and characteristics of V2X communications.
11. Compare and contrast features and capabilities of IoT - based home automation systems.
12. Perform signal acquisition and vector analysis of complex wireless signals including WiFi, OFDM, LTE, Bluetooth, ZigBee and RFID.
13. Describe principles of microwave and satellite communications, and perform related calculations.
14. Perform research, summarize information and make a comprehensive presentation

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.