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PHYS7013 - Telemetry

Long Title: Telemetry and Data Communications
Module Code:PHYS7013
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Physics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: JAMES BARRETT
Module Description: To understand the fundamentals of data communications.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the Shannon-Hartley theorem and the consequences for digital communications
LO2 Identify and correct the noise characteristics of measurement systems
LO3 Describe the concepts of wireless telemetry.
LO4 Outline modulation techniques used within telemetry
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

This module is delivered in the first seven weeks of Semester 6.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Wireless Theory
Propagation, gain and attenuation. Frequency domian. Modulation and demodulation techniques. Carrier wave. Single sideband and double sideband suppression.
Communication Theory
Shannon-Hartley theorem, intersymbol interference, Nyquist filters, pulse-code modulation, frequency shift keying, quadrature amplitude modulation, multiplexing
Transmission Lines
Cable types, lumped and distributed elements, characteristic impedance, infinite line, matched line, impedance matching, standing waves, reflection and transmission coefficients.
Recovery Techniques
Signal averaging, Lock-in amplifier techniques. Phase sensitive detection and implementation, Phase locked loops.
Noise Analysis
Signal/Noise ratio. Noise environment. Characteristics of noise. Noise sources and suppression of noise.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Written assessment 1 25.0 Week 4
Short Answer Questions Written assessment 2,3 25.0 Week 8
Short Answer Questions Written assessment 1,2,3,4 25.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical skills and lab. report 1,2,3,4 25.0 Every Second Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture class based instruction 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab lab instruction 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Louis E. Frenzel 2000, Communication Electronics Principles and Applications, 1st Ed., McGraw-Hill U.S.A. [ISBN: 0071183043]
  • Carl R. Nasser 2001, Telecommunications Demystified, 1st Ed., LLH-Publishing [ISBN: 1878707558]
  • David Bailey 2003, Practical Radio and Telemetry Systems, 1 Ed., 8, IDC Technologies Austrailia
  • Ian Glover, Peter Grant, 2009, Digital Communications, 3 Ed. [ISBN: 978-0273718307]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

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