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  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You will need a 2:1 or equivalent degree in a related field, for example Mathematics, Engineering or Physical Sciences.
Telecommunications and Wireless Systems msc eng

Module details

Compulsory modules

Advanced Signal Processing (ELEC474)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
Aims
  • To develop higher level signal processing techniques and apply them to some problems.
  • To develop different types filters and demonstrate their applications.
Learning Outcomes

Onsuccessful completion of this module the student should be able to explainconcepts of time and frequency domain descriptions of signals.

Onsuccessful completion of this module the student should be able to describe,use and design ''fixed'' filter for different types of noise reduction tasks.

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Onsuccessful completion of this module the student should be able to explainand use auto-correlation and cross-correlation.

Onsuccessful completion of this module the student should be able to describe,use and design linear predictor and matched filter, and explain theirapplications.

Onsuccessful completion of this module the student should be able to describe,use and design FIR Wiener filters for different tasks, and explain theirapplications.​

Onsuccessful completion of this module the student should be able to describe,use and design FIR adaptive filters, and explain their applications.

Onsuccessful completion of this module the student should be able to describe,use and design Kalman filters.
Commmunications Networks & Security (ELEC461)
LevelM
Credit level15
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
Aims
  • ​To introduce the principles of communications networks, their components and protocols.   ​
  • ​​To provide students with the tools and techniques to analyse the performance of the main communications protocols, including: link layer, MAC layer, Network Layer (IP) including the main routing protocols, the transport control protocol (TCP), and basic packet queuing theory.
  • To provide an overview of the main topic areas in network/Cyber secuity including firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, key ciphers and applied cryptogrphy, and secure sockets layer (SSL).​

  • Learning Outcomes​​​​Knowledge and Understanding:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

    - The structure of communications networks and how these can be described and analysed using standard reference models (OSI, TCP/IP).

    - The common protocols used over the major  wired and wireless networks, and ther Interent. 

    - The concept of quality of service (QoS) as applied to networks, and the techniques for implementing it.

    - The essential parts of an Interent router and the main routing protocols used over the Interent.

    - The basic issues concerning how to secure networks and the techniques used to address these.

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    ​Intellectual Abilities:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to​ demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge of the above topics to:

    - Design and analyse communications networks

    - Analyse the behaviour, and predict the performance of the communications protocols they have learned.

    - Analyse and predict the behaviour of queues in packet switched networks.

    - Analyse and predict the performance of common Internet routing algorithms when applied to differnt network topologies. 

    - Analyse QoS for communications networks. 

    - Analyse the security requirements for specific networks and network configurations.

    Software Engineering and Programming (ELEC431)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to equip students with knowledge of two most popular programming languages, C++ and MATLAB, an understanding of the Functional Decomposition method for program design, and practical skills of designing and coding software for engineering applications based on a problem specification.

    Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge and Understanding

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate their

    • appreciation of software as an "engineered product" and its development procedure;
    • understanding of established engineering principles, such as abstraction, modularity and information hiding;
    • knowledge of MATLAB and C++ as programming languages commonly used for enginnering computation and modelling, and their pros and cons for different applications requirements.
    • knowledge of logic structures, data types, user sub-routines (functions), operater precedancy, and the availability of special functions or tool boxes in MATLAB for signal analysis, image processing, filter design, and simulation of electrical systems.

    Intellectual Abilities​

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to
    • analyse and determine the suitability of a programming language based on the nature of the problem;
    • based on relevant software engineering principles, decompose a problem specification into well defined functional blocks (modules) and design the overall program structure;
    • propose coding algorithms based on their knowledge of the programming languages to efficiently implement the software design;
    • design and carry out a test strategy to assess the soundness of the software and make subsequent improvement to design and code;
    • choose and correctly use appropriate tool boxes or functions for a given computational or data processing need in Matlab.
    Research Skills and Project Management (ELEC483)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with the necessary background information so that they will be able to satisfactorily research, plan and undertake their project.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​Ability to demonstrate and appreciate the importance of communicating technical/scientific information.

    Ability to demonstrate and appreciate the importance formalising the organisation and planning of project work

    ​Capable of collecting and assessing the resources required to complete a project and presenting their findings in both oral presentation and written reports

    ​Determining the critical path in the planning of a project

    ​Show use of methodologies for organising and planning project work

    • communicate via executive summaries, technical reports and oral presentations
    • analysing and synthesise research data
    Radio Propagation for Wireless Systems (ELEC411)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • To develop an appreciation and understanding of radio propagation mechanisms.

  • ​To introduce and apply radio propagation models to applications​

  • Learning Outcomes

    ​Ability to solve basic radio propgation problems

    ​​Ability to conduct radio system coverage and planning

    MSc Project (ELEC460)
    LevelM
    Credit level60
    SemesterSummer (June-September)
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The student will carry out an individual project under the supervision of a member of staff. He/she will report findings both orally and in writing.

    The purpose of the project is:

    • to provide students with the opportunity to plan, carry out and control a research project at theforefront of their academic discipline, field of study or area of professional practice
    • to prepare students for research or investigative work in professional engineering
    • to enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the techniques applicable to research or advanced scholarship in their field of study
    • to make an original contribution to knowledge.

     The dissertation must provide evidence of:

    • in-depth understanding of the subject
    • mastery of research techniques
    • ability to assembleand analyse data
    • ability to evaluate the project outcomes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Ability to plan and conduct independent ​research

    ​Ability to present research findings in reports and oral presentations. 

    Information Theory and Coding (ELEC415)
    LevelM
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To introduce the techniques used in source coding and error correcting codes, including the use of information as a measure.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​After successful completion of the module the student should have:
    An appreciation of information sources and of the information rates
       available on real channels.
    An appreciation of techniques for making the best use of channels for
        efficient transmission with error protection.

    After successful completion of the module the student should have:
    An understanding of the basic methods of source coding and error
        correcting codes
    Wireless Systems and Cad Designs (ELEC462)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting65:35
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce the main components in a typical wireless communication system; enable students to understand the fundamental of Radio Frequency engineering; prepare students with the knowledge of theoretical design and simulation; enable students to use industrial standard software to develop sophisticated wireless communication systems.

    Learning Outcomes

        Knowledge and Understanding:

    After successfully completing the module, a student should have an understanding of:  
    • essentials of wireless systems;
    • oscillators  and mixers;
    • microwave filters;
    • microwave amplifiers;
    • antennas and link budget;
    • communication systems design.
    Intellectual Abilities:
    After successful completion of the module, the student should be able to understand the fundamentals of RF transmitters and receivers for wireless communication systems. 
    Practical Skills:
    Students passing the module should acquire the ability to:
    • use at least one standard industrial software ADS for Microwave Office;
    • design and test fundamental RF components including filters, amplifiers and antennas;
    • evaluate the performance of wireless communication systems.
    General Transferable Skills:
    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to show experience and enhancement of the following key skills:
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving and design skills.
    Digital and Wireless Communications (ELEC477)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • To provide an extensive coverage of the theory and practice of digital and wireless communication systems
    • To allow students to be able to design and develop digital and wireless communication systems, with an awareness of all the main factors involved and of existing and emerging technologies.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​On successful completion of the module, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge in applying the module topics to:
    Specify the requirements for a digital or wireless communication system
    Design the optimum receiver for a communication system
    Analyse the performance of a communication system
    Critical thinking ability from evaluating and responding to issues such as unachievable or impractical specifications and impossible performance claims.

    ​After completion of the module, the student should have a good knowledge and understanding of:
    The nature of data and how it is stored and communicated.
    The limitations imposed on communication system performance and design by various factors
    How noise arises in communications systems, and its effects of noise upon communications system behaviour and performance.
    Sources and effects of mobile radio propagations.
    Design of the optimum receiver and analysis of error probability for digital communications
    How to achieve the goals of a communication system by trading off system parameters such as signal-to-noise ratio, error probability and bandwidth expenditure
    Various multiuser communication techniques

    Optional modules

    Image Processing (ELEC319)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To introduce the basic concepts of digital image processing and pattern recognition.

    Learning Outcomes

    ​After successful completion of the module, the student should have:

    • An understanding of main principles of digital image processing, and its relation to pattern recognition in images, object detection,  tracking and machine vision.
    • An appreciation of the areas of applications for various image enhancement techniques.

    ​After successful completion of the module, the student should have:

    • An understanding of the standard methods of image manipulation, representation and information extraction.

    Advanced Embedded Systems (ELEC470)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting85:15
    AimsThis module covers material for understanding and designingadvanced embedded computer systems. Key topics include computer architecture, low-powerdesign, hardware/software co-design and logic synthesis techniques.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students will achieve a full understanding of modernembedded systems including computer architecture, low-power design, hardware/softwareco-design and logic synthesis techniques.

    ​On successful completion the student should be able to understand published data concerning use of typical computer system design and components.

    Advanced Systems Modelling and Control (ELEC476)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
    Aims

    The module is to introduce advanced system analysis and design techniques to the students and to develop the skills of considering engineering problems from system point of view. The aims of the module are:

    To learn the skills required for system modelling and simulation. To extend the students knowledge from time-driven system to even-driven system modelling and simulation, which covers modelling and simulation of stochastic processes.

    • To understand the principle of advanced control systems.
    • Understand principles of basic adaptive and learning systems and their applicaitons.
    • Select appropriate adaptive systems and/or learning algorithms to deal with a specific engineering problem.
    • Develop software packages using MATLAB to resolve an adaptive and/or learning problem.
    • Gain their own knowledge of the subjects of adaptive and learning systems for further development.
    Learning Outcomes

    ​After successful completion of the module, the student should have:


    An understanding of how time and event driven systems can be represented by mathematical modules.

    An understanding of how computer simulation can be implemented to help system analysis and design.

    An appreciation of how computer-aided design and simulation tools operate.

    An understanding of how random number and random process can be simulated.

    An understanding of discrete time Markov process modelling and simulation.

    An appreciation of the system optimisation.

    The principle of advanced control system design.

    An appreciation of the advantages of system identification approached to problems of industrial modelling and control and adaptive controller design by contrast to the traditional methodologies.

    A familiarity with system identification and parameter estimation of dynamic systems.

    An understanding of the system identification and adaptive control techniques.

    An ability to use the MATLAB software to model a linear dynamic system and design an adaptive controller.

    An appreciation of how adaptive control theory can be applied to various industrial systems.

    A basic understanding of stochastic automata and their applications.​

    Integrated Circuits - Concepts and Design (ELEC472)
    LevelM
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting45:55
    Aims

    To understand the reasons for the predominance and importance of silicon based microelectronics to the semiconductor industry. To understand how materials, devices and circuit issues are inter-related and exploited to make the microchips that underpin the information age. To prepare students for entering the Si semiconductor industry.

    Learning OutcomesAppreciation of MOS based integrated circuit design philosophy: power, speed, yield, packing density considerations and of design trade-offs associated with materials, device and circuit limitations.

    Knowledge of how to analyse and design simple MOS logic gates and amplifier stages.

    Appreciation of historical and future development of silicon based integrated circuit technology.

    Knowledge of silicon integrated circuit technology.

    Appreciation of some IC design issues.

    Ability to use a professional design tool (Cadence) to design, layout and test by simulation digital circuit cells.

     

    Photonics and Optical Information Systems (ELEC313)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
    • To introduce students to the fundamental principles of opto/electronic systems for the transfer of information.
    • To introduce the duality of light as both wave and ray.
    • To show intensity and phase related optical principles.
    • To demonstrate optical information transfer through a number of applications.
    Learning OutcomesKnowledge and understanding of electronic to optical and optical to electronic conversion and associated devices.

    ​An understanding of power transfer, modulation transfer function, system transfer function and optical data storage​

    ​An understanding of information transfer via optical intensity and phase modulation.


    ​Knowledge and understanding of the duality of light.


    ​An appreciation of how to manipulate light rays and an appreciation of intensity and phase related effects of light.​


    Rf Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics (ELEC311)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    This module aims to introduce students the fundamentalconcepts of high frequency electromagnetics; to present and develop theunderlying theory of transmission lines (TX), including lossy TX; to introducethe Smith Chart as an important tool in TX design and analysis;  to give an appreciation of the importance ofcomputational electromagnetics its role in industrial applications; to give aclear understanding of impedance matching and related techniques; to introducethe concept of the scattering parameters for 2-port networks and their applicationsand measurements; to understand radio wave propagation, attenuation andreflection; and to enable students appreciate the basic understanding of RF filter, antenna andamplifier design.​

    Learning Outcomes

     

    • The essentials of RF engineering and applied EM. The circuit and field concepts and their relevance to RF systems.

    • The underlying theory and physical concepts behind transmission lines (TX) and the factors governing performance of real TEM transmission lines, and knowledge of various transmission lines in practice.​

    • Reflection coeffiecients, VSWR,and return loss in communication systems​

    • The methods of achieving matched conditions for maximum power transfer.​

    • S- parameters and their measurement and applications.​

    • An appreciation of radio propagation and antennas.​

    • Fundamental knowledge of RF components and devices, such as filters and amplifiers, for modern communicaiton systems.
    Antennas (ELEC312)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims
  • To introduce fundamental antenna principles and concepts based on the underlying electromagnetic theory.

  • ​To gain a good understanding of antenna theory and design​

  • Learning Outcomes

    The ability and understand the operation and fuctions of antennas

    ​​The ability to design basics antennas

    Electromagnetic Compatibility (ELEC382)
    Level3
    Credit level7.5
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    AimsThe module is aimed to provide the students with advanced knowledge and skills to deal with EMC problems.The students are expected

    1. To master the fundamental EMC principles and concepts based on the underlying electromagnetic theory.
    2. ​​To study EMC standards and regulations, and be able to apply them to real world problems.
    3. ​​To be able to use advanced theory too analyse EMC problems
    4. To be able to conduct EMC measurements and tests, and also interprete the results. 
    Learning Outcomes

    ​An indepth understanding of EMC theory, standards and practice.

    ​Ability to conduct EMC tests and analysis. 

    ​Ability to conduct EMC analysis and designs

    Knowledge and skills and solve EMC problems