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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Communications Device Theory and Design
Module Code CT2
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Richard Bolger
Semester 2: Richard Bolger
Autumn: Richard Bolger
Module TeachersShirley O'Brien
Ciaran Motherway
Derek Molloy
Lorraine Delaney
Richard Bolger
Valerie Farmer
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 15
Pre-requisite CT1
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
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Description

This module introduces concepts in the operational principles of modern communication systems and networks. Topics in the science of electronics are also presented. An electronics kit is used by each student and instructional online videos are made available to enable off-campus circuit building and experimentation.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the behaviour of Resistive, Capacitive and Inductive components in AC circuits.
2. Describe the characteristic and operation of stabilised DC power supplies.
3. Build and debug electronic circuits.
4. Build a simple DC voltage regulator circuit.
5. Configure and calculate component values of bipolar transistor amplifiers, field effect transistors amplifiers and operational amplifiers.
6. Describe the operation of sequential and combinational logic circuits, microprocessors and microcontrollers.
7. Describe the role and operation of timing circuits in digital electronics.
8. Demonstrate the relationships between bandwidth, noise and capacity.
9. Describe the signal conditioning and encoding processes necessary for telecommunications systems operation.
10. Describe Pulse Code Modulation and Quantisation Techniques
11. Contrast primary electro-optical devices as used in telecommunications systems.
12. Differentiate between transmission media and interfaces.
13. Illustrate basic network concepts and issues.



Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial21Face-to-face tutorials are held in DCU on Saturdays and Virtual Classroom tutorials on weekday evenings according to the timetable
Online activity16Interaction with tutor and fellow students
Independent Study338Reading, study, research and problem solving
Total Workload: 375

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Communications Systems
Signal Spectra, Filtering and Transmission Noise in Communications Systems Information Theory, Channels and Modulation Pulse Code Modulation

Communication Science
Diodes and Transistors Amplifiers Electronics in Action: DC Power Supplies

Communication Networks
Communications Networks - Standardisation Optics The Telephone Network Transmission Media and Signals Data Communication Techniques

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment30% Examination Weight70%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentAssignment comprised of two elements: One comprising a written assignment and the second a practical element where students build electrical circuit(s) using an electronics kit.10%Week 9
AssignmentAssignment comprised of two elements: One comprising a written assignment and the second a practical element where students build electrical circuit(s) using an electronics kit.10%Week 20
AssignmentAssignment comprised of two elements: One comprising a written assignment and the second a practical element where students build electrical circuit(s) using an electronics kit.10%Week 27
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

    Other Resources

    49385, Electronics Kit, 0, Electronics kit,
    Programme or List of Programmes
    CCCTCert. in Comp & Comm Technology
    ITBSc in Information Technology
    ITDIPDiploma in Information Technology
    ITSDiploma/BSc in Information Technology
    Date of Last Revision29-NOV-10
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