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Communication Channels

4 December 2017 - 15 December 2017


This course introduces the practicalities of telecommunication channels, channel modelling, the constraints of the operating environment, ways these constraints are countered and the corresponding tools for analysis.

The module aims to develop in-depth knowledge and understanding of telecommunication channels, with regard to the constraints imposed by the operating environment and how they can be overcome. On completion of this module the student should analyse how channels are modelled and contract them, and evaluate the relative merits and cost implications of free space microwave and fibre optic systems. 

More information, including content, assessment and learning time can be found here:

The contents include: The free space channel - Friis equations, antennas, receivers and receiver noise, CNR calculation, fading in terrestrial and satellite links  weather and ionospheric effects, Rayleigh and Mie fading, satellite and optical links, methods of countering channel imperfections - diversity techniques and equalisers.

This module is a component of MSc in Digital Communications, Mobile Communications. 

Course details

Course code
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Two weeks
Course leader
Dr Gan Zheng
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Places available
Subject to availability - please contact


Target audience
This course is for academic and industrial researchers and engineers who wish to extend their knowledge of communication channels.
Previous experience
To get the most out of this course you will be a graduate engineer or have appropriate industrial experience.


One 2-hour written examination (70%). One coursework assignment (30%) based on a comparative study of a microwave and optical fibre link in demanding terrain with budgetary contraints applied.


Course fee
Please email: or see costing table on central CPD page.
Accommodation costs
Not included
Accommodation information
A variety of on and off campus accommodation to suit different budgets is available from imago, our conference and events service. Go to


Cancellations: in the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.  Cancellations must be received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course.  We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date. 

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. 

The University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course.  In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full.  It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.

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