Introduction to Communication Systems (ICS) (191251530/ 201000236)

Teaching staff

· M.J. Bentum (lectures)


P.K.A. van Vugt, M.Sc. (tutorials)

Course description

As the name suggests, this is an introductory course in communication systems and techniques meant for students of the electrical engineering program. It is a core course in the EE curriculum. The topics covered can be divided roughly into three parts. These are analog modulation and demodulation systems, digital modulation and detection techniques and systems, and the performance analyses of these systems in the presence of noise. Topics treated include linear (class of AM) modulation, frequency and phase modulation, noise performances, digital representation of analog signals by means of PCM, DM, etc., baseband data transmission, intersymbol interference and its remedies, digital signalling, an introduction to optimum detection receivers, and a heuristic description of the fundamental concepts of channel capacity and coding. Required background for this course is knowledge of linear systems, probability theory, random variables, and stochastic process and their filtering by linear systems. In effect, this course provides sufficient preparation for the electrical engineering student to carry on and choose, if he or she desires, the field of telecommunications as a speciality.

Study material

Book:S. Haykin, An Introduction to Analog and Digital Communications , Wiley 1989, ISBN 0-471-85978-8.

More information

More information on the course can be found on Blackboard.