Study Aim: To explore the fundamental principles, components, operation and facilities of modern telecommunications systems.
Topics covered: The study programme begins by introducing the fundamental principles of telecoms technology and then provides an overview of the facilities and capabilities of modern telecommunications systems. The topics you then study in this programme depends on your chosen specialisation (see below).
What you need before beginning this programme: Although not obligatory, the study of Physics at secondary (high) school level will aid your understanding of the principles covered in the study programme.
The Core unit (1) "Fundamental principles of digital communications" which is studied by everyone consists of the following courses:
Analogue and digital signals
Introduces the characteristics of the signals used in communications systems and the effect of passive circuits and transmission lines on those signals.
Introduces the causes of signal impairments and their effect on the transmission of information over telecommunications and data links.
Describes the characteristics, capabilities and applications of copper, optical fibre and wireless transmission media.
Modulation and multiplexing
Introduces the methods employed in telecommunications systems to maximise the traffic carrying capacity of transmission media.
Data communications principles
Explains the fundamental principles of data communications and describes the role of the basic functional components of data links and the protocols that define their operation.
Telecoms networks and services
Provides an overview of the role, structure and capabilities of modern telecommunications networks, the regulatory and commercial aspects of service provision, and the facilities of telecommunication services offered to residential and business customers.
Provides an introduction to the role and principles of the encoding and compression of speech, music and video in a digital communications system.
Choose from one of the three following specialisations:
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