ENGEE331-21B (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

Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)


Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)


: cheryl.ward@waikato.ac.nz

You can contact staff by:

  • Calling +64 7 838 4466 select option 1, then enter the extension.
  • Extensions starting with 4, 5, 9 or 3 can also be direct dialled:
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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.

The topics begin with Fourier analysis of signals, AM, and FM radio, through the principles of baseband, to digital data transmission techniques.

Basic signal processing techniques will be introduced. The laboratory activities will include designing and implementing a digital transmission/reception algorithms in software, and testing their performance in simulation and over a simple physical channel.

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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 the exam impractical, then a final 12 hour assessment will be held.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignments
2. Lab Reports
Average of All
3. First Lab Report
6 Sep 2021
No set time
4. Second Lab Report
15 Oct 2021
No set time
5. Final Lab Demonstration
6. 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.

The UoW library has an electronic copy of "An Introduction to Analog and Digital Communications" by Haykin. You can access it online and download PDF copies of 108 pages per day (which is more than the length of any chapter).

You may retain a copy for your private study. We expect students to abide by the copyright laws and not share their copies with others online.

A very terse online textbook that covers some of the fundamentals is available here. The author is a well respected expert in the field. If students feel that they are developing a good grasp on some of the topics then this may offer useful reference material.

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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. 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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