Digital Communications

Digital Communications
Ohm's law, power, inductance, capacitance, reactance, impedance, resonance, transformers. Communication systems, wired and wireless. Bandwidth, modulation; Shannon's theorem, telecommunications. Network physical and data link layers (ISO/OSI model). Optics/Coax/Twisted pair; RS-232/Ethernet; Signals/Protocols/Packets; digital communication theory fundamentals.
 Hours4.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPhscs 123 or concurrent enrollment.
 TaughtFall, Spring
 ProgramsContaining IT 327
Course Outcomes


Learn the EM spectrum and spectral analysis.

Communications Links

Understand the limitations of communications links.

Signal Modulation

Learn the main types of signal modulation (amplitude, frequency, phase).

Physical Communication Media

Learn the properties of physical communication media.

Digital Information

Learn about digital information and how it is communicated.

Characterization of Communications Links

Understand how communications links are characterized.

Modern Communication Systems

Learn about modern communication systems, including television, facsimiles, telephone, modems, LANs, WANs, satellite, cell phone and optical systems.


Understand the main types of multiplexing (time, frequency, spatial, and code division).