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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
  • Professor Godred (Engineering) Fairhurst

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?

  • Either EE2504 Electronic Systems (Passed) or EG2504 Electronic Systems (Passed)
  • 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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 25 - 26, 25 - 30, 27 - 28, 29 - 30, 32, 32, 32 - 34, 33 - 34, 38 - 39, 38 - 39, 38 - 39
  • 3 Tutorials during University weeks 25 - 30, 32 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Exercise with DMX waveform and execution trace (30%)

Online assessment in the form of a mini exam (70%)



Resit failed components of assessment

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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