This course seeks to familiarize students with the basic foundations of communications systems, covering the concepts from signal preparations, signal transmission, and signal reception of both digital and analog systems. It specifically deals with analog and digital modulation techniques, transmission of the signal across a carrier, and the acquisition and demodulation of these signals. This leads to an introduction to modern technologies such as wireless transmission, GNSS systems, cellular technology and GSM.

The learning experience is enhanced with computer-based (MATLAB) exercises and assignments. The assignments will include: (1) a take home problem solving questions design to test student understanding of the theory; and (2) a report in the form of an IEEE paper structure on a survey of the state-of-the-art in modern communication systems. The intent is to expose the student to high level technical publications.