EECS 141A Communication Systems I (2013-2014)

EECS 141A Communication Systems I

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for CpE and EE.)
Catalog Data:

EECS 141A Communication Systems I (Credit Units: 3) Introduction to analog communication systems including effects of noise. Modulation-demodulation for AM, DSB-SC, SSB, VSB, QAM, FM, PM, and PCM with application to radio, television, and telephony. Signal processing as applied to communication systems. Prerequisite: EECS150 and EECS55. Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471432227.

Recommended Textbook:
Ahmed Eltawil
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Analyze communication signals and systems using the Fourier series and the Fourier transform. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC k)

2. Understand the basics of AM and FM (and related) communication systems. They can analyze power and spectral properties of such systems and are able to design communication systems as block diagrams. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC k)

3. Understand and are able to analyze the noise behavior of AM and FM (and related) communication systems. (EAC a, EAC c, EAC k)

4. Understand the basics of sampling, PCM, and TDM (EAC a, EAC c, EAC k)

Prerequisites by Topic

The students are expected to have a background that includes probability theory, and analog and digital signal processing, and Fourier transform theory.

Lecture Topics:
  • Fourier Series, Introduction to Fourier Transform.
  • Properties of the Fourier Transform
  • Linear system response to signals
  • Bandpass signals and systems
  • Introduction to Amplitude Modulation (AM)
  • Single-tone AM, Double Sideband Suppressed Carrier (DSB-SC)
  • Single Sideband (SSB) and Quadrature AM (QAM)
  • Vestigial Sideband (VSB)
  • Frequency Division Multiplexing (FDM)
  • Radio broadcast systems
  • Television broadcast systems
  • Frequency Modulation (FM) and Phase Modulation (PM)
  • Bandwidth of FM signals
  • Generation and demodulation of FM signals
  • Introduction to random processes
  • Characterization of noise
  • Noise analysis of analog modulation systems
  • Sampling theorem
  • Time Division Multiplexing and Pulse Code Modulation (PCM)
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Electrical and Computer Engineering Topics Courses and Major Design experience.

Design Content Description

The course focuses on developing a thorough understanding of communication systems by using a series of specific examples and problems. These illustrate and require the student to understand analysis and design of modern communication systems. The course focuses on design of basic communication systems in building blocks. Specific examples include modulators, multiplexers, phase locked loops, and radio and television systems. These and other design examples make up 50% of the lecture time and 50% of the homework problems.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 10%
  • Midterm Exam: 40%
  • Final Exam: 50%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

May 29, 2013
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr