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Course Overview

A short course teaching fundamentals of digital communications engineering. The course focuses on remote control of equipment using a serial communication bus.  Starts with a description of the data received from 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 Remote Device Management (RDM) and the Controller Area Network (CAN). Teaching and tutorials will be supported by demonstrations of actual equipment and by a corresponding set of practical laboratory exercises that each student must complete. 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 None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Godred Fairhurst

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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.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to candidates who follow and approved Engineering degree programme.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (90%); continuous assessment (10%) Resit: 1 three hour written examination (90%) + 10% continuous assessment (from 1st attempt)* * Laboratory assessment will not be repeated for resit examinations.

Formative Assessment

Students must provide written notes for their laboratory assesment. The requirements and date for submission of the written material will be provided to students as a part of the laboratory notes.


a)Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the tutorial/feedback sessions and at the design lab sessions b)Students requesting individual feedback on their exam performance should make an appointment within 3 weeks of the publication of the exam results.

Course Learning Outcomes


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