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Course Overview

A short course teaching fundamentals of digital communications engineering. The course focuses on remote control of equipment. It starts with asynchronous data, and use with a GPS device (to identify location and time), then studies the Digital Multiplex (DMX) control bus (a standard in the live entertainment industry) followed by the bi-directional Remote Device Management (RDM) protocol.  It concludes with the synchronous the Controller Area Network (CAN) for industrial/transport applications.

Teaching will be supported by demonstrations of equipment and practical laboratory exercises.  Accessible to students of computer science and electrical/electronic engineering.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 10 credits (5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites

  • One of Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4 or Programme Level 5

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Engineering (Electrical & Electronic) or Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Electrical and Electronic) or () or Master of Engineering in Electrical & Electronic Engineering or Master Of Engineering In Electronic & Software Engineering or Bachelor Of Engineering In Engineering Electronic & Software or Master Of Engineering In Elec & Electronic Eng W Renewabl En
  • Either EE2504 Electronic Systems (Passed) or EG2504 Electronic Systems (Passed)
  • EG2012 Engineering Mathematics 2 (Passed)

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Course Description

By the end of the course students should:
A: have knowledge and understanding of: wireline transmission of digital data using time division multiplexing and control busses packet-based multiplexing and data transmission. Understanding of how microprocessors can be used to control real-world equipment.
B: have gained intellectual skills so that they are able to: understand the application and importance of digital communications techniques (especially point-to-multipoint transmission).
C: have gained practical skills so that they are able to: understand tools for examining digital transmission waveforms and use of typical equipment for remote control.
D: have gained or improved transferable skills so that they are able to: present the results of lab analysis.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

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Course Learning Outcomes

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