The BRADLEY DEPARTMENT of ELECTRICAL and COMPUTER ENGINEERING

Undergraduate PROGRAMS

Course Information

Description

Laboratory experiments which deal with the design and measurement of analog and digital communication systems. Concepts include SNR, Modulation Index, PCM, and spread spectrum.

Why take this course?

This laboratory is important for seniors wishing to emphasize the communications area. This course provides practical hands-on exposure to communication system building blocks, such as filters, mixers, and amplifiers, and enables students to study the effects of noise on communication systems. Communications is a highly important and growing field and students should have opportunity to gain familiarity with communication test equipment and measurement techniques

Technical Elective

Prerequisites

C- or better in 3614. Co-requisite: 4634

The lab is closely related to the material in ECE 4634, and builds on junior level signals and systems (ECE 3614).

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • measure signal-to-noise ratio with various equipment;
  • design and measure AM, FM, QPSK, and spread spectrum communication systems;
  • routinely use communications test equipment; and
  • identify and measure factors which hamper communication systems.

Course Topics

Topic

Percentage of Course

Introduction to signal-to-noise ratio 10%
Using the spectrum analyzer 10%
Amplitude modulation 20%
FM modulation 10%
Phase lock loops 10%
Pulse code modulation and coding 15%
BPSK and QPSK modulation 20%
Spread spectrum 5%