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Department of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering

EN4510 Communication Theory

Course Information
Lecture Schedule
Tuesday 8.00 a.m.- 10.00 a.m.

Course Lecturer
Dr. Chandika B. Wavegedara
Email: chandika@ent.mrt.ac.lk
Tel: 2640423 (direct), 3311 (ext.)
Office: 107
Office hours:

Teaching Assistant/Lab Supervisor

Mr. Navod Suraweera
Email: navod@ent.mrt.ac.lk
Tel: 3357 (ext.)
Office: Postgraduate Lab

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the module the student will be able to:

• Design of signals for band-limited channels

• Apply optimum and suboptimum receiver techniques for channels with ISI and AWGN.

• Analyze the error performances of DS-SS and FH-SS systems under jamming and broadband

• Relate the improvement in the error performance to the concepts of error control coding,
Hamming distance and coding gain

• Use matrix or polynomial operations to perform encoding and decoding operations of a given
block code

• Apply the Viterbi algorithm to perform maximum likelihood decoding of convolutional codes

• Compare and contrast spread spectrum communications to conventional modulation schemes

in terms of bandwidth usage, performance, and as a multiple access technique

Course Syllabus
Optimal Signal Detection in AWGN Channels (8 hrs)
Geometric representation of signals and noise, Correlation demodulator, Matched-filter de-
modulator, Optimum maximum-likelihood (ML) and maximum a posteriori (MAP) detectors,
Error performance of the optimal receivers for memoryless modulation schemes.

Baseband Transmission of Digital Signals (7 hrs)

Intersymbol Interference (ISI), Eye pattern, Nyquist criterion for distortionless transmission,
Pulse shaping to reduce ISI, Optimum detector for channels with ISI: maximum-likelihood
sequence estimation (MLSE), Linear equalization: peak distortion and minimum mean square
error (MMSE) criteria, and Decision feedback equalization.

Channel Coding (8 hrs)

Error detection and correction, linear block codes: matrix representation of block codes, syn-
drome decoding, error detection and correction capabilities, and cyclic codes, convolutional
codes: convolutional encoding, maximum likelihood decoding, and Viterbi decoding algo-

Spread Spectrum Systems (7 hrs)

Spread-spectrum principles, Direct-sequence spread spectrum (DSSS): DSSS system model,
pseudonoise sequences, spreading codes, timing synchronization, and RAKE receiver, Frequency-
hopping spread spectrum (FHSS): slow and fast hopping, Jamming considerations, and Mul-
tiuser DSSS systems: code division multiple access (CDMA), spreading codes, and multiuser

Course Textbooks
S. Haykin, “Communication Systems”, 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2001.
J. G. Proakis, “Digital Communications”, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2004.
B. Sklar, “Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications”, 2nd Edition, 2001.

Additional References
I. Glover and P. M. Grant, “Digital Communications”, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2009.
B. P. Lathi, “Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems”, 4th Edition, Oxford
University Press, 2008.
A. Goldsmith, “Wireless Communications”, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Course Requirements & Grading Policy

Homework Assignments - 5%
Laboratory Reports - 10%
Midsemester Exam - 15%
Final Exam - 70%