ENGEE331-20B (HAM)


15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Engineering


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: mary.dalbeth@waikato.ac.nz

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: cheryl.ward@waikato.ac.nz
: debby.dada@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This lecture and laboratory course presents an introduction to electrical signalling and digital signal processing in the context of wireless communications technology. An historical route will be taken, beginning with Fourier analysis of signals, through the principles of baseband, AM, and FM radio, to digital data transmission techniques. The course will culminate with the students designing and implementing a digital transmission/reception algorithm in software, and testing its performance under a simulation of realistic conditions.

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Paper Structure

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This course will be taught through lectures and computer laboratory sessions.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Perform Fourier analysis.
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  • Describe the major modulation techniques used in communications (AM, FM, PSK, QAM, etc.)
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  • Design a digital filter for signal conditioning and noise optimisation.
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  • Design a basic digital communication system and implement it in software.
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  • Analyse trade-offs between data capacity, complexity, and reliability.
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  • Report on laboratory experiments.
    This paper also facilitates development of technical report writing skills. To pass this paper, students are expected to demonstrate their ability to produce written laboratory experimentation reports of an adequate standard.
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Assignments – 20%, labs – 30%, exam – 50%.

The final examination is a 3-hour restricted book exam. If the pandemic situation makes this impractical, then a final assessment will replace the exam, the exact form of which to be determined.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignments
  • Hand-in: Department Office
2. Labs
  • Hand-in: In Lab
3. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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  1. An Introduction to Analog and Digital Communications, 2nd ed., S. Haykin, Wiley, 2006, ISBN‑13: 978‑0471432227.
  2. Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems, 3rd ed., B.P. Lathi, Oxford University Press, 1998, ISBN‑13: 978-0195110098.
  3. Communication Systems, 4th ed., S. Haykin, Wiley, 2000, ISBN‑13: 978-0471178699.
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Online Support

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Course materials will be delivered electronically through the Moodle website (elearn.waikato.ac.nz), which includes an online forum for asking questions related to the course material and raising issues with the course coordinator. Announcements will be made through this system also.

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There will be 24 lectures which will include tutorials, 6 lab sessions, 3 assignments, no tests, and 1 final examination. Two laboratory reports are required. A digital signal processing design project in the last three weeks of semester will comprise the material for the second lab report. Each assignment is expected to take about six hours to complete. The exam will be three hours. The workload, including reading, study, and filing time is anticipated to be about 150 hours.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisites: ENGEN201 and (ENGEE231 or ENEL205)




Restricted papers: ENEL382

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