Communication Systems [Course Webpage]

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology 
Department of Electrical Engineering 
Syllabus for EENG 5540/5540G-Communication Systems 
4 Credit Hours 
Fall 2014

Instructor: Dr. Danda B. Rawat, PhD
Office: College of Engineering & IT Building 255, Rm # 1301
Phone: +1 (912) 478-0539
Webpage: | 
Syllabus Click Here 
Lecture Time and Location: TR 3:30pm – 4:45pm in I.T. Bldg. # 2206
Lab Time and Location: T 5:00pm – 6:50pm for EENG 5540 section AA, R 12:00pm – 1:50 pm for EENG 5540 section AB and for EENG 5540G AA in Engr. Bldg. 2102.
Office hours: TR 9:00am - 10:00am in IT Bldg. Room # 1301. Other times by appointment.
Teaching Assistant/Grader: TBA.

Catalog Course Description: The theory and principles of communication systems are presented in this course. Topics covered include AM and FM modulations, transmission and reception, noise and random processes, pulse modulation, and digital transmission techniques. Laboratory emphasizes modeling and simulation using MATLAB programming. Graduate students will complete an independent research project which involves a written and oral presentation.

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" in EENG 3420 Linear Systems or permission of instructor.

Required Textbook
  • Lecture notes
  • Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems by B. P. Lathi and Zhi Ding, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN: 0195331451 
  • Laboratory experiment descriptions/procedures are available in separate for each experiment from the course webpage/folio. 
Required software: MATLAB
Recommended books:
  • Communication Systems by Simon Haykin, 5th edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2009, ISBN: 978-0-471-69790-9 
  • Fundamentals of Communication Systems by John G. Proakis and Masoud Salehi, 2nd Edition; Prentice Hall; July 7, 2013; ISBN: 978-0133354850 
Course webpage: access through folio system or

Student Learning Outcomes (with ABET outcomes):  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Gain knowledge about modern communication systems (terminology, classifications, characteristics and methods) (a, e, k) 
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics in communication engineering (a) 
  • Understand the basics of amplitude and angle modulation systems (e) 
  • Learn fundamental principles of information transmission (a, e, k) 
  • Analyze the effect of noise on the performance of communication systems (a, k)
ABET Outcomes:
a. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
e. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems 
k. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

Course Outline
  • Introduction: Ch. 1 
  • Analysis of signals and systems: Ch. 2 and Ch. 3 
  • Amplitude modulation and demodulation: Ch. 4
  • Angle modulation and demodulation: Ch. 5 
  • Random Process and Power Spectrum: Ch. 9 
  • Effect of noise on analog communication systems: Ch. 10 
  • Analog to Digital Signal Conversion: Ch. 6
  • Channel Capacity 
  • Principle of digital data transmission: Ch. 7
  • Spread spectrum communications: Ch. 12 
Evaluation Methods and Grade Distribution
Final grade is determined based on a weighted score in which the weights are as follows:



EENG 5540

EENG 5540G

• Test 1:
• Test 2:
• Final Exam:
• Lab work:
• Homework:
• Quiz:
• Term Project:
20% (09/18/2014)
20% (10/23/2014)
25% (12/11/14, 12:30-12:30)
15% (09/18/2014)
15% (10/23/2014)
25% (12/11/2014, 12:30-14:30)
Remarks: Quizzes cannot be made up. Project presentation and term paper are due during dead week

Grading Scale and Policy:

The final grades are computed according to your weighted score:
A (100 – 90); B (89 – 80); C (79 – 70); D (69 – 60); F (below 60)

Remark: Grade boundaries will be assigned based on the distribution of your final weighted scores at the end of the semester, and the expected performance levels. 

Homework policy: Homework must be handed in-person to the instructor at the beginning of the lecture on the day it is due. Late homework will not be accepted without a serious reason as homework solutions will be posted online later on the same day. Students are encouraged to discuss problem assignments with each other; however, submitted assignments are to be your own original work. Homework assignment must be written on both sides of the letter/photocopy size paper.

Lab Activities/Projects: Lab projects in this course are mainly assigned to help students better understand the discussed topics and to ensure their success on the exams. It is required that ALL lab projects are completed. The students will be asked to submit a paper copy of each lab project one week after the lab project is assigned. Lab projects will be collected within the first 5 minutes of the lab period. No late lab Projects will be accepted!! Prior to submission of any assignment, it is the responsibility of students to carefully check their work to make sure that they have submitted all parts/components on the project in the proper format discussed. Lab reports must be printed on both sides of the letter/photocopy size paper.

Lab Project Grades: All assigned lab reports must be submitted to the instructor for credit and the lab reports must be submitted following the report format discussed by the instructor. The instructor reserves the right to deduct points if the assignment problems are not presented in the proper format.

Exam policy: Both tests 1 and 2 are not comprehensive but final exam is comprehensive. Students will be informed of their progress in the course following the test results. All exams are closed-book, closed-notes however one page letter size crib sheet will be allowed.

Make-up Exam Policy: The examinations can be re-arranged only if the student presents proper and valid evidence of his inability to be physically present in the examination.

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all class and lab sessions in order to successfully complete the course. Make-up lab work is allowed with no penalty in grades if students have a university accepted excused absence. Makeup labs will be permitted only if student had sought and received instructor approval prior to the absence, which caused student to miss the related lab. Some of the lab works are interrelated with each other thus it is required to complete assigned work in a timely manner. Absences will be considered unexcused unless student informs instructor of the reason for absence. Illness, death in the family, approved University activities, or other unavoidable incidents are examples of excused absence. After the second unexcused absence, each absence will results in 5% deduction in the overall grade. If you have more than seven (6) unexcused absences in a semester, your grade will be an automatic F. If you know in advance that you cannot be present in class, please inform/email the instructor at the earliest.

Cell Phone Policy: Cellular phones must be on SILENT (or switch OFF) mode during class unless student had taken approval prior to a class.

Classroom Conduct: Please be respectful of the learning environment and classmates. Disruptive classroom behavior will not be tolerated. This includes unnecessary chatting, text messaging, and the use of a PDA/laptop and/or cell phone during class/lab time.

Last Date to Drop the Course: For the deadlines to add, drop, etc. (last day to add/drop a course), please refer to the University Calendar.

First day of class attendance policy: University policy requires all students to attend the first class meeting of all classes for which they are registered. Faculty need to verify first day class attendance and any student who does not attend the first day of classes will be automatically dropped from that class!!

University Disability Statement: If you are registered with the disability, please obtain your accommodation letter and present it to the course instructor to discuss any academic accommodations you need. Upon individual request, course material can be made available in an alternative format.

Academic Integrity/Honesty: Cheating on tests and assignments will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action. Read the Georgia Southern University for more details. It is important to note that when completing the lab projects students are permitted to ask questions from their classmates or the instructor, but they are ultimately responsible to complete the assignments on their own using their own capabilities. Seeking help from a classmate is different than copying his/her assignment! No copying: of the assignments will be tolerated and proper action will be taken by the instructor in these cases. For additional information, call the Office of Judicial Affairs at (912) 478-0059.

Official E-mail: Important information about the class will be announced through student GSU email so all students are required to activate their university email accounts. It is recommended to use university email while communicating with your course instructor. Students are expected to check their emails for important announcements related to the course.