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EET 130 - Introduction to Telecommunications

Credits: 4
3 Lecture Hours 2 Lab Hours

Co-requisites: EET 103  

This course provides an overview of basic principles of electronic circuits and their applications to telecommunications. Topics include amplifier circuits and analysis, audio circuits, tuned Radio Frequency (RF) amplifiers, oscillator circuits, receiver circuits and AM and FM modulation. Microwave and satellite communications are introduced.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Analyze series and parallel resonant circuits by calculating resonant frequencies.
  2. Describe electromagnetic radiation and the concept of a carrier.
  3. Explain the function of a tuner and how it receives different frequencies.
  4. Demonstrate the operation of an oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer.
  5. Explain amplitude, frequency and phase modulation and the techniques of modulation and demodulation.
  6. Describe pulse communications techniques and frequency division multiplexing.
  7. Describe the process of communications in a shared medium, including carrier sense multiple access with collision detection.
  8. Measure energy loss of the fiber optic cable.
  9. Explain the concepts of fiber optics and laser technology.
  10. Construct a radio detector for amplitude modulation and frequency modulation using transistors and integrated circuits.
  11. Explain how regulations impact the technical function of communications systems in both licensed and unlicensed environments.
  12. Apply appropriate operating procedures for amateur radio in compliance with a Federal Communications Commissions Technician class license.
Listed Topics
  1. Introduction and review: DC and AC electrical circuits, capacitive and inductive reactance
  2. Elements of communication: basic communication systems, the telephone and telegraph, electromagnetic radiation, concept of a carrier
  3. Elements of radio communication: antenna grounding system, the tuner, the reproducer, need for detection waveform analysis
  4. Amplitude modulation systems: amplitude modulation analysis, modulation factor, AM spectrum and bandwidth, amplifier and noise, receiver sensitivity and selectivity
  5. Sideband systems: AM transmission, transmission power, suppressed carrier, single sideband, vestigial sideband, SSB receiver
  6. Frequency and phase modulation: FM generation, FM spectrum and bandwidth, FM transmitter and receiver, FM stereo
  7. Pulse communication techniques: sampling theorem, pulse amplitude, duration, position, and phase modulation, delta modulation and frequency-division multiplexing
  8. Fiber optics and lasers: light as a carrier, light transmission in a glass, construction and characteristics of optical fiber and introduction to laser light
  9. Phase locked loop (PLL): introduction to PLL, phase detectors, the 555 timer, the complete PLL and op-amp, application of PLL, touch-tone decoder
  10. Ethernet, carrier-sense multiple access with collision detection (CSMA/CD) and access controls used in computer networking
  11. Government regulations for broadcast, telephony and cable television transmissions, including public utilities. 
  12. Amateur radio standards, practices and body of knowledg
Reference Materials
Approved Instructor textbooks and materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Technological Competence
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 03/20/2020

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