Module code: EEE2040

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

QUDDUS AU Dr (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 36

Tutorial Hours: 4

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview


Expected prior learning:  Learning equivalent to Year 1 of EE Programmes

Module purpose:  Digital communication and data networking technologies are key components of modern revolutionary technologies. This module provides the students with the knowledge to understand digital communication systems and the functions of the Internet. In addition, the student gain related analytical skills that can be applied in designing digital communication systems and data networks.


Module aims

develop a solid understanding of typical point-to-point digital communication systems, the function of individual subsystems and the interactions among them;

build a clear and good knowledge data networking technologies and protocols that used in the modern internet.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain the functions of different sub-systems in a typical digital communication system, and the interactions among them.   KC
Describe how the Internet operates and what are the functions of different protocol layers in the internet model. KC
Perform important calculations related to design of digital communication systems  and the Internet protocols.   KC
Describe principles of network security and how they are applied in simple practical scenarios.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Part A - Signals and communications

[1 – 2] Review of the relevant concepts in probability and stochastic processes

[3 – 6] Principles of Source coding in digital communication systems

[7 –12] Principles of channel encoding/decoding with emphasis on digital modulation and detection theory

[13 –14] Concepts of information capacity and coding in digital communication systems

 Part B  - Networking and the Internet

[15 ] Architecture and functions of the Internet (how the Internet works)

[16] Data link layer: framing, error control, sliding windows, flow control

[17 - 20] Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols: ALOHA, slotted ALOHA, persistent and non-persistent CSMA, CSMA/CD, IEEE 802.3 and IEEE 802.11 MAC sub-layers

[21 - 24] Network layer / Internet Protocol (IP): forwarding, addressing, routing (distance vector and link-state routing protocols)

[25-26] Transport layer protocols with focus on TCP/UDP

[27 - 28]  Application Layer Protocols, HTTP, FTP

[29-30] Security: encryption, authentication, access control


Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims:

Analysis and description of the functions of digital communications systems and data networks
Synthesises key solutions for main problems in digital communication systems and data networks


Learning and teaching methods include the following.

Lectures (3 hours per week)

Tutorials (1 hour per week)
Group discussions
Classroom discussion of problems




Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to test students' knowledge of the fundamental concepts in digital communication systems and data networks. In addition, students' analytical capabilities in the investigation of communication systems and networks will be tested. Finally, the students will be assessed on their capabilities to apply their knowledge to synthesise basic technique and solutions in both digital communication systems and data networks.


The aforementioned summative assessment objectives will be achieved by:

·         2-hour, closed-book written examination

·         One final assignment (questions and problems); set in Week 7 and due in Week 9

·         One mini-project with MATLAB/SIMULINK; set in Week 7 and due in Week 9

·         Classroom quizzes; one every week.


Any deadline given here is indicative. For confirmation of exact dates and times, please check the Departmental assessment calendar issued to you.


Formative assessment and feedback will be provided to help students measure their learning progress in the module by:

·        5 sets of formative assignments that will be marked and returned to the students, but will not contribute to the final mark; an assignment is set every two weeks.

·        During lectures, by question and answer sessions.

·        During tutorials/tutorial classes.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.