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Module Code: EEE307
Module Title: Electronics for Communications
Module Level: Level 3
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Pre-requisites: EEE103 AND EEE109 AND EEE211 EEE109 EEE103
To give students an solid understanding of the applications, function, analysis and design of electronic circuits used in communication systems
Learning outcomes 
A. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of operation principles and applications building-block electronic circuits in communication systems.

B. Demonstrate familiarity with common designs of radio-frequency (RF) amplifiers, mixers, oscillators, power amplifiers and phase-locked loops.

C. Design and analyse building-block electronic circuits in a modern communication system.

D. Construct and test electronic circuits of RF amplifiers, RF filters, mixers, oscillators, and power amplifiers for meeting certain specifications.

E. Demonstrate independent learning, problem solving skill, abilities to work in a team.

Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be delivered by a combination of formal lectures, circuit construction and testing demonstration.
1. Overview of communication systems and basic concepts: frequencies for wireless and optical-fibre communication systems; signal power in dBm; essential RF design concepts (e.g. noise, linearity, sensitivity and dynamic range); lumped circuits

2. Radio-frequency (RF) amplifiers: low-noise amplifiers (LNAs) and common topologies; noise figure and power gain of LNAs; RF filters; transimpedance amplifiers in optical communication receivers; variable gain amplifier; wideband amplifier

3. RF mixers: passive and active mixers; diode mixers and field-effect transistor (FET) mixers; Gilbert cell multiplier; current/voltage commutation; conversion gain and noise

4. Oscillators: ring oscillators; passive resonant circuits in LC oscillators; cross-coupled oscillators; voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO); phase noise; other classical oscillators (e.g. Colpitts oscillator, Hartley oscillator, Clapp oscillator, Wien oscillator, Pierce oscillator and crystal oscillators)

5. Phase-locked loops (PLLs): applications of PLLs; basic PPL topology; phase detector; frequency detector; loop dynamics; frequency synthesizers

6. Power amplifiers: classification of power amplifiers; linear amplification; non-linear switching-mode power amplifiers; efficiency and linearity; matching network

7. Transmitter and receiver architectures; other advanced topics (e.g. RF integrated circuit examples; noise analysis)

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26      4    45  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 In-Class Short Quizzes 10.00
2 Circuit Construction & Testing 20.00
3 Final Exam 70.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/5/2020 8:03:34 PM