Third Year


This year is intended to provide specialized knowledge on telecommunications, signal processing and circuits design areas.

3rd Year CURRICULUM

Analogue Integrated Circuits

This course teaches the design and analysis of transistor integrated circuits including amplifiers, operational amplifiers, comparators, integrator and derivation circuits, oscillators and voltage references, and including frequency response, feedback, and stability.

Introduction to Communications

This course provides a complete description of communication systems, including data coding techniques (compression, encryption, error-correction), analogue and digital modulations, spread-spectrum techniques, synchronisation circuits and equalisers. It also presents types, characteristics and specific perturbations of wired and wireless communication channels, and finally an overall analysis of transmission performances.

Television

The course aims at introducing the fundamental theoretical and practical aspects involved in both analogue and digital television systems. Key topics include colorimetry, image exploration, complex video signal analysis, analogue and digital encoding techniques and modulations, capture and playback hardware, video signal processing hardware and audio-video transmission standards and commonly used interfaces.

Digital Signal Processing

The course presents the essentials of linear filtering of digital signals and its applications. Topics include analogue-to-digital conversion of signals, time-domain, Z-domain and frequency-domain analysis of digital signals and linear time-invariant systems, basic design and implementation methods for filters.

Decision and Estimation in Data Processing

The course offers an introduction to signal detection theory and statistical parameter estimation. The topics include definition and characterisation of random variables and random processes, decision rules for signal detection, and the basics or parameter estimation of signals in noisy conditions.

Microwaves

This discipline offers knowledge of understanding of the free space wave propagation and guided propagation of microwaves, the ability to analyse and design passive and active microwave devices. Upon completion of this course, students get used to computer aided design tools for microwave circuits.

Communication Systems

This course offers knowledge regarding digital communication techniques involved in modern communication systems such as digital transmission of analogue signals, digital baseband and passband data transmission.

Computer-Aided Design of Analog and Digital Systems

This course provides students with in-depth knowledge of computer-aided analysis and design of analogue, mixed signal and digital circuits. Advanced methods for circuit formulation and time-domain analysis are presented. Also, the course covers the aspects of modelling, simulation and synthesis of digital circuits and systems using modern hardware description languages like VHDL.

Power Electronics

This discipline deals with theoretical and experimental aspects of electronic processing of energy before supplying various loads at required voltage or current levels, the basics of power switching converters, the usage of specific power semiconductor devices, the architecture of power systems and the principles of power management within communication systems.

Antennas and Propagation

The course allows for a deep understanding of radio waves’ radiation and their propagation through the air, the main parameters that characterise antennas and arrays of antennas, the techniques used for their design, optimisation, and practical measurements.