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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2019-20

This core subject provides tools to design communications systems from the point of view of transmission of information. Different ways to implement these systems and to send information in signal form are described, based on analog and digital modulations.
Capabilities and limitations of different modulation types are studied, together with the effects of both channel and system itself upon the final quality of the communication. This leads to design tradeoffs which are common in engineering, regarding requirements about power, bandwidth, bit rate, etc.

It is recommended to study this subject after passing the following ones:
20009 - Mathematics I
20013 - Mathematics II
20014 - Signals and systems

It is recommended to study this subject simultaneously to:
20019 - Digital signal processing



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT10 : Capacity to confront, plan and solve real problems demanded by society in the field of engineering.
  • CT11 : Capacity to learn and apply new concepts and methods in an autonomous and interdisciplinary fashion.
  • CT12 : Capacity to assimilate and adapt to the permanent evolution of technology when developing one's professional career.
  • CT13 : Capacity to adopt the scientific method when planning and carrying out different academic and professional tasks.


Specific Competences:>>Basic

  • B2 : Basic understanding of using and programming computers, operating systems, databases and computer programs for use in engineering.


Basic Transversal Competences

  • CT1 : Students should show they possess and understand knowledge in a field of study that continues from general secondary education and is usually found at a level which, although supported by advanced textbooks, also includes certain aspects that involve knowledge arising from the cutting edge of their field of study.
  • CT2 : Students should know how to apply their knowledge to their job or vocation in a professional manner and should possess those skills that are usually reflected when preparing and defending arguments and solving problems in their field of study.
  • CT3 : Students should have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (normally within their field of study) to give opinions that include a reflection on important, social, scientific, ethical matters, etc.
  • CT4 : Students should be able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • CT5 : Students should have developed the necessary learning skills to take on later studies with a high level of autonomy.


Specific Competences: >> Competences Common to the Telecommunications Branch

  • C4 : Capacity to analyse and specify the fundamental parameters of communication systems.
  • C5 : Capacity to assess the advantages and drawbacks of different technological alternatives for the deployment and implementation of communications systems, from the point of view of signal space, perturbations and noise and analogue and digital modulation systems.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2019-20

- To understand the core problem of communicating and the necessity of coding and modulating the information.
- To understand the basic scheme and the functional blocks which are used in communication systems.
- To understand, analyze and apply analog and digital modulations.
- To understand, analyze and apply all main concepts related to digital transmission of signals.
- To understand and analyze the unwanted effects present in communication systems: noise, distortion, interferences.




Code: 20015
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught