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Last Updated: January 17 2017

EE 446: Introduction to Communications Theory

Required Textbook:

Rodger E. Ziemer and William H. Tranter, Principles of Communications, Wiley, 7th Edition, 2014.

Optional Textbook:

R. Johnson, Jr. and W. A. Sethares, Telecommunication Breakdown: Concepts of Communication Transmitted via Software-Defined Radio, Prentice Hall (September 2, 2003)


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T R 12:30am - 13:45am 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.

Course Content

  • Introduction to Communication Systems
  • Signal and Linear System Analysis
  • Basic Modulation Techniques
  • Probability and Random Variables
  • Random Signals and Noise
  • Noise in Modulation Systems
  • Data Transmissions in Noise
  • Optimal Receivers and Signal Space Concepts
  • Selected Communication Topics (multiple access schemes, mobile communication, etc.)


  • Homework (20%)
  • Quizzes (15%)
  • First Midterm (20%)
  • Second Midterm (20%)
  • Final (25%)


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