Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Communication Systems

Course summary

Course code: COMP1587
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Architecture, Computing and Hums
Department: Computing and Information Sys.
Course Coordinator(s): Peter Smith



Communication systems are critical components that enable computing devices to be integrated in a distributed environment, permitting dispersed resources to be shared and facilitating applications to be distributed amongst a range of devices. To exploit the power and appreciate the limitations of these environments requires an understanding of the principles of communication systems and an appreciation of the range of techniques available that make possible communication between computing devices.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1. To be able to describe the basic hardware and software components of a communication system.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic functions to be addressed to enable reliable and efficient communication between computers.
3. Identify the need for standards and protocols and be aware of the major standards & responsible bodies.
4. To be able to use a range of equipment to measure and test communication systems characteristics.

Indicative content

Introduction to PC Architecture;
Introduction to Operating Systems ;
Introduction to the Internet;
Fundamentals of Communication;
Introduction to Signals, Modulation and Coding;
Quantization and Noise;
Error Detection and Control;
Local Area Networks;
Internet Protocols and Routing;
Wide Area Networks;
Introduction to Mobile Technologies;
Introduction to Security;
Introduction to Forensics.

Teaching and learning activity

A mixture of formal lectures (50%) and laboratory sessions (50%).

Learning Time (1 credit = 10 hours).

Scheduled contact hours:
Scheduled contact hours:

Note: include in scheduled time: project supervision, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, supervised time in studio or workshop, scheduled lab work , fieldwork, external visits.
Lectures 26;
seminars 0;
supervised practical sessions 26;
tutorials 0;
formative assessment 0;
other scheduled time 0.
Guided independent study: Note: include in guided independent study preparation for scheduled sessions, follow up work, wider reading or practice, revision.
Independent coursework 0;
Independent laboratory work 98;
other non-scheduled time 0;
Placements & year abroad:
Work placements 0;
Work based learning 0;
Year abroad 0;
Other placement 0.
Total hours (Should be equal to credit x 10) 150,


Logbook - 60% weighting, 40% pass mark, LO 1-4. Outline Details - A set of practical exercises completed throughout the course.
Exam - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark, LO 1-4.

Formative Assessment - Weekly practical exercises