EE4440: Communication Theory: Spring 2011
- Time: TR 12:45-2:00pm
- Place: EN 2110
- Mr. John Davis
- E-Mail: jdavis7"at"uwyo.edu
- Office: EN L41(Across the hall from the machine shop)
- Office hours: TR 3:00-4:00pm
- Grader: Benjamin Lampe
- The catalog description of this course is: “Amplitude and angle modulation and demodulation; digital
baseband and carrier communication systems; performance of communication systems; and current
topics in communication systems.” A specific schedule of topics is attached.
- EE 3220: Signals and Systems is the prerequisite for this course. Although there will be a review
of applicable signal theory, you are responsible for knowing and, if necessary, reviewing the material
covered in EE 3220.
If you feel that you are weak in this area, take a look at reference
2.1, and/or come see me. The most important parts of EE3220 for this
course are convolution, Continuous Time Fourier Series, and the
Continuous Time Fourier Transform. This course makes little or no use
of the Laplace and Z-Transforms, so don’t spend time reviewing them for
this course. Everything up to Exam 1 is either review or quite
closely related to EE 3220 material.
- The topics covered in this
course are one of the most interesting and applicable parts of
EE. They are the theory behind MANY everyday practical devices
and technologies as well critical but more obscure applications.
No part of EE is untouched by some topic that is covered in this course
which is why it is required.
Text and References:
- The required text for this course is B.P. Lathi and Zhi Ding, Modern Digital and Analog Communication
Systems, Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN: 0195331451.
- I also recommend the following as useful reference/tutorial materials:
- B.P. Lathi, Linear Systems and Signals 1e, Oxford University Press, 1992.
- Hwei P. Hsu, Schaum’s Outline of Analog and Digital Communications 2e, McGraw-Hill, 2002.
- Nicholas S. Tzannes, Communication and Radar Systems, Prentice Hall, 1985. (Also available in
- C. Richard Johnson and William A. Sethares, Telecommunications Breakdown, Prentice Hall,
2003. (PDF draft available from Sethares’ website, Google away)
Where’s The Beef?:
- There will be three in-class exams.
- There will be a comprehensive final exam. This exam will be administered in EN2110 on Tuesday, May
3 from 1:15-3:15pm.
- All exams will be open book, closed notes. DO NOT try to circumvent this rule by writing notes inside
your books. If I discover that this is being done, you will complete the exam without the benefit of
your book. You may tab pages if you like.
will be a homework assignment approximately every week. Homework will
be assigned in class, and will be due at the beginning of class one
week later. Homework should consist of legible and logical
calculations, derivations, and diagrams. Homework assignments are not
meant to be formal write-ups, but they are also not meant to be scratch
paper gibberish. Your two lowest homework grades will be dropped. Late
homework will not be accepted. You are welcome to work on homework
together, however: you must turn in your own solution. Copying
homework is considered to be academic misconduct and can result in
severe consequences for all parties involved.
- There will be a short quiz in EVERY LECTURE. The quiz will be over
material from the previous lecture, and will be made up of conceptual
and very short computational problems.
- I consider the lab section to be
a nearly independent activity, unless there is compelling evidence that
I should do otherwise I will accept the grade from the TA at face
value. If you have grading issues with the lab, take them up with
the TA. If you can not resolve an issue with the TA you may bring
it up with me. Traditionally, there is one formal lab report
required for 4440, usually the FM lab.
- A curve may be applied to either exam grades or final grades at my discretion. The curve will not
hurt any student relative to the standard 10 point scale. In the event that a curve is not
needed I will not round grades up,
anything less than a 90 is a B, less than an 80 is a C and so on.
Please do not have attempt a conversation with me that along the lines
of “there’s no such thing as an 89.5% B!” There is. If you have a
concern about grading please bring it to my attention within one week
of the day that the work is returned to you.
- There will be no makeup exams in this course. If you have a university excused absence your final exam
grade will be substituted for the missed exam. If you do not have a university excused absence you will
receive a grade of zero for the missed exam.
- Likewise, there will be no
makeup quizzes. The lowest three quizzes will be dropped.
Note that the quizzes represent one half of a letter grade that you can
earn mostly just by being in class.
- This course is bound by all applicable UW regulations. Your responsibilities as a student are addressed
by UW Regulation 8-30 and are described in the UW Student Code of Conduct. You should also be
aware of UW Regulation 6-802 which pertains to academic dishonesty. These regulations can be found
on the UW website.
- If you have any type of disability that requires accommodation please inform the instructor immediately.
Any such disability must be registered with University Disability Support Services which is located in
Knight Hall room 330.
- It is important that you attend class, but you are all adults who are responsible for managing
your time as you see fit. Accordingly, if you have a more pressing matter during class time
such as: doing homework for another class, loudly eating your lunch/snack/dinner, reading the
newspaper, doing crossword/sudoku/The Jumble, sending and receiving text messages, using
your laptop/Blackberry/iPhone/iPod/iPad/Android to check your e-mail/Facebook/eBay auction
status/other, conducting a conversation with your neighbor, etc. please feel free to take care of that
elsewhere. As a practicing engineer you will attend many meetings, and each of them will have some
alleged purpose. Be aware that the sole purpose of our class meetings is for you and your classmates to
learn about communications theory, and that any activity detrimental to that purpose is not acceptable.
Avoid coming to class late, but if you must arrive late please do so a quietly as possible.
- If you do miss class, and you come to office hours to ask questions that were addressed in the lecture
you missed, please do not be offended if you are asked to come back after you have read the relevant
portion of the text book.
- You are welcome to come to my office outside office hours. However, the fact that you have free time
does not imply that I have free time. I reserve the right to delay your visit until a mutually agreeable
participation is more than welcome. Your questions are one of the most
important parts of the course. If you have a question, please do not
let your ego interfere with asking it. If one student has a question it
is likely that others are wondering the same thing. Have the
courage to make the most of class time. The class will be far
more valuable and enjoyable if it is a dialog rather than a monologue.
If class participation is low, I will begin going down the course
roster asking students questions to stimulate discussion. Asking and
answering questions is a portion of your quiz grade.
- What if I don’t show up? If I have not arrived to class by 1:00pm, class is canceled.
|1||01/11||"Course Introduction|| Motivation|
|01/13||"Introduction to Signals I||HW1 Assigned||Chap 2|
|2||01/18||Introduction to Signals II|
|01/20||Signal Analysis and Transmission I||HW1 Due|| HW2 Assigned||Chap 3|
|3||01/25||Signal Analysis and Transmission II|
|Lab 1: FFT Scopes|
|01/27||Complex Signals I||HW2 Due||Handout|
|4||02/01||Exam 1 Review|
|02/03||-->||Exam 1 (HW1 and HW2)|
|5||02/08||Amplitude Modulation I|
|02/10||Amplitude Modulation II||HW3 Assigned |
|Lab 2: AM|
|6||02/15||Angle Modulation I|
|01/17||Angle Modulation II||HW3 Due|| HW4 Assigned|
|02/24||Superheterodyne Receiver||HW4 Due|| HW5 Assigned|
|8||03/01||Complex Signals II|
|Handout||Lab 3: FM|
|03/03||Special Topics I||HW5 Due||TBD|
|9||03/08||Exam 2 Review|
|03/10||-->,||Exam #2 Covers HW3-5|
|03/24||Sampling II||HW6 Assigned|
|Lab 4: Sampling|
|03/31||Quantization and A/D Noise Analysis||HW6 Due|| HW7 Assigned|
|13||04/05||Digital Baseband Signaling I|
||Lab 5: Line Codes|
|04/07||Digital Baseband Signaling II||HW7 Due||HW8 Assigned|
|14||04/12||Digital Passband Communications I|
|04/14||Digital Passband Communications II||HW8 Due|
|15||04/19||Exam 3 Review|
|04/21||-->||Exam #3 Covers HW6-8|
|16||04/26||Special Topics II|
|04/28||Final Exam Review|
Homework (Links will be added as the semester progresses)