Last Updated: January 21 2013

EE 589: Communication Systems

Required Textbook:

R.E. Ziemer and W.H. Tranter, Principles of Communications: Systems, Modulation and Noise, 6th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2008


M W 09:30am - 10:45am in Workman 117

Course Description:

This course is intended to cover various principles of communications. Necessary background on signals, systems, probability, and random processes will be discussed. Basic modulation schemes and their performances, and digital data transmissions will be studied. At the end of the course, and as time permits, various topics in wireless communications will be introduced.

Topics Covered:

  1. Introduction to Communication Systems
  2. Signal and Linear System Analysis
  3. Basic Modulation Techniques
  4. Probability and Random Variables
  5. Random Signals and Noise
  6. Noise in Modulation Systems
  7. Binary Data Transmissions
  8. Selected Communication Topics (multiple access schemes, mobile communication, etc.)


  • Homeworks: 15%
  • First Midterms: 25%
  • Second Midterm: 25%
  • Final: 30%
  • Class Participation: 5%

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