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    Information Theory and Digital Communications
    ELEC S323
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    Information Theory and Digital Communications
    Course Start Date
    Aut 2020
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2021

    This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Click HERE for details.

    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Aut 2020
    Higher 2 terms 10
    Aut 2021
    This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. Click HERE for details.

    Course Coordinator: Dr Wilson Chu Hon-wai, BS (Boston); MSE (Elec. Eng.), MSE (Math. Sc.) (Johns Hopkins University); PhD (HKUST); SrMIEEE

    This course is one of the compulsory courses of the Bachelor's Degree in Communications Technology. It is also an optional course for the Bachelor's Degree in Electronics.

    Advisory prerequisite(s)
    You are advised to have already studied MATH S122. Some basic knowledge of programming techniques is also helpful in this course.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Develop students’ knowledge of the fundamental limits of information theory;

    • Provide students with a basic knowledge of the major techniques and types of systems used in digital communications, and an understanding of the principles on which they are based;

    • Enable students to follow and interpret descriptions of systems which are new to them, and which have not been specifically covered in the course;

    • Develop students’ capability to evaluate different digital system designs and propose a system appropriate for a specified application.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Reliability, traffic and information

    • Digital systems

    • Noise

    • Coding and modulation

    • Source coding and channel capacity

    • Channel coding

    • Equalization

    • Comparison of digital modulation systems

    • Spread spectrum communication and multiple access

    Learning support
    There will be regular two-hour tutorials and regular surgeries throughout the course.

    There will be four assignments and one final examination. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Online requirement
    This course is supported by the Online Learning Environment (OLE). You can find the latest course information from the OLE. Through the OLE, you can communicate electronically with your tutor and the Course Coordinator as well as other students. To access the OLE, students will need to have access to the Internet. The use of the OLE is mandatory for the study of this course.

    Students will need access to computer system suitable for connecting to the Internet. The recommended minimum computing requirements are:

    • Pentium 4 CPU

    • SVGA display card and colour monitor

    • 1 GB RAM

    • 2 GB free hard disk space

    • DVD-ROM drive (8X or better) and sound card

    • Mouse and printer

    Set book(s)
    There are no set books for this course.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    The audio and visual components of this course may cause difficulties for students with impaired hearing or vision. You should seek advice from the Course Coordinator before enrolling on the course.

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