Analog and Digital Communications


This course provides a thorough introduction to the basic principles and techniques used in analog and digital communications. The course will introduce analog and digital modulation techniques, communication receiver and transmitter design, baseband and bandpass communication techniques, line coding techniques, noise analysis, and multiplexing techniques. The course also introduces analytical techniques to evaluate the performance of communication systems.


UoN Singapore

  • Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)


  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand basic elements of a communication system

2. Conduct analysis of baseband signals in time domain and in frequency domain

3. Demonstrate understanding of various analog and digital modulation and demodulation techniques techniques.

4. Analyse the performance of modulation and demodulation techniques in various transmission environments

5. Appreciate the importance of synchronisation in communication systems


1.    Basics of a communication system

2.    Layered communication architecture

3.    Relevant background of probability, random variables and random processes, signal and noise characteristics

4.    Review of linear system theory and Fourier analysis

5.    Analog modulation, AM, FM, PM

6.    Sampling and quantisation

7.    Optimal binary receiver

8.    Baseband and passband transmission

9.    M-ary communications and constellations

10.    Communication over bandlimited channel and inter symbol interference mitigation

11.    Bandwidth and information capacity 

Assumed Knowledge

ELEC2400 and MATH2420

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises and Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Quiz: Quiz - Class

Contact Hours

Callaghan and UoN Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2