ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 5666 Telecommunications


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ECE 5666 Telecommunications (3C)

Analog modulations, AM, FM. Digital modulations, ASK, FSK, PSK, QAM. RRC filtering, digital transmission. Multiplexing, multiple access. Error control, FEC, ARQ. Local area networks. Optical communication systems. Satellite communications, GPS.

What is the reason for this course?

The Telecommunications sequence offers students enrolled in the Master of Information Technology program the opportunity to learn about modern telecommunication systems and techniques and to broaden their understanding of electronic communication systems within the information technology program. Because the typical MIT student does not have a first degree in engineering, there are no other courses open to students in the area of telecommunications. MIT students enrolled in Telecommunications learn the techniques and processes that enable digital data to be carried by optical fibers, satellites and wireless networks. This significantly improves their knowledge of information systems by providing a sound background in the physical layer of digital communication systems.

Program Area: Communications.

Prerequisites: 5665.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Select analog and digital modulations for the transmission of audio, video and data signals
  • Select appropriate error control strategies using forward error correction, error detection and automatic repeat request
  • Apply multiple access techniques to radio communication systems, including frequency, time, and code division multiple access
  • Describe the operation of local area networks, satellite communication systems, and the global positioning system

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
1. Review of time and frequency analysis, Fourier series and transform, decibels 10%
2. Review of digital transmission, RRC filtering, digital radio systems 15%
3. Analog modulation: AM and FM Signal to noise ratios, FM improvement 15%
4. Digital communication systems Digital modulation - SK, FSK and PSK, BPSK, QPSK, QAM, bit errors rates, error control 15%
5. Multiplexing and multiple access 15%
6. Local area and wide area networks, protocols Wireless, wire and fiber optic transmission 15%
7. Case studies: Satellite communications, GPS, Bluetooth, speech and video compression 15%

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