Principles of Communication Systems Part II

By Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 6125
This course is a sequel to Principles of Communication-Part I and covers fundamental concepts of communication systems, especially focusing on various aspects of modern digital communication systems. However, all the modules in this course will be independent of the previous course and hence students who could not participate in Principles of Communication-Part I will also be able to follow the course. Beginning with the basic theory of digital communication systems pertaining to pulse shaping, modulation and optimal detection, the course will also cover several important digital modulation techniques such as Binary Phase Shift Keying (BPSK), Frequency Shift Keying (FSK), Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), M-ary Phase Shift Keying (M-PSK) etc. Other fundamental concepts such as Information Theory, Channel Capacity, Entropy Coding and Error Control Coding will be dealt with in the later parts of the course.

This course is suitable for all UG/PG students and practicing engineers/ managers who are looking to enhance their knowledge of the fundamental principles underlying various communication systems as well as students preparing for their college/ university/ competitive exams.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:   Students, practicing engineers, technical and non-technical managers of telecomm companies, students preparing for competitive exams with communication engineering subject.

PRE-REQUISITES:           Basic knowledge of - Probability, Calculus

INDUSTRIES SUPPORT: Most companies in wireless communications area should find this useful. Examples are Qualcomm, Broadcom, Intel etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 26 Aug 2019
End Date : 18 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 16 Nov 2019 IST
Category :
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Basic tools of Digital communication, Transmission Pulse Shaping, Power Spectral Density, Additive White
              Gaussian Noise (AWGN) Channel
Week 2: Optimal Receiver Design, Signal-to-Noise Power Ratio (SNR), Matched Filtering (MF)
Week 3: Maximum Likelihood (ML) Receiver, Probability of Error, Binary Phase Shift Keying and associated Prob. of Error,
              Amplitude Shift Keying (ASK) and Other Schemes
Week 4: Signal Space Theory, Frequency Shift Keying (FSK), Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM), M-ary Phase Shift
              Keying (MPSK) and associated Prob. of Error
Week 5: Introduction to Wireless Communication, Performance of Digital Modulation in Fading Channels, Introduction to
              Information Theory, Channel Capacity
Week 6: Source Coding, Entropy Codes, Huffman Coding, Linear Block Codes
Week 7: Hamming Weight and Distance Properties, Syndrome Decoding, Convolutional Codes, Trellis Structure and Decoding
              of Convolutional Codes
Week 8: Pulse Shaping Filter Design, Nyquist Pulse Shaping Criterion, Raised-Cosine Filter, Passband-Baseband Equivalence

Books and references

  • Simon Haykin, Communications Systems, 4th Edition.John Wiley and Sons, Inc
  • Digital Communications Book by John G Proakis and Masoud Salehi. Publishers: McGraw-Hill Education

Instructor bio

Prof. Aditya K. Jagannatham received his Bachelors degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, San Diego, U.S.A. From April '07 to May '09 he was employed as a senior wireless systems engineer at Qualcomm Inc., San Diego, California, where he was a part of the Qualcomm CDMA technologies (QCT) division. His research interests are in the area of next-generation wireless cellular and WiFi networks, with special emphasis on various 5G technologies such as massive MIMO, mmWave MIMO, FBMC, NOMA, Full Duplex and others. He has contributed to the 802.11n high throughput wireless LAN standard and has published extensively in leading international journals and conferences. He was awarded the CAL(IT)2 fellowship at the University of California San Diego and the Upendra Patel Achievement Award at Qualcomm.

He is currently a Professor in the Electrical Engineering department at IIT Kanpur, where he holds the Arun Kumar Chair Professorship, and is also associated with the BSNL-IITK Telecom Center of Excellence (BITCOE). At IIT Kanpur he has been twice awarded the P.K. Kelkar Young Faculty Research Fellowship (2012 -2015, 2015-2018) for excellence in research and the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF). His popular video lectures for the NPTEL (National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning) course on Advanced 3G and 4G Wireless Mobile Communications can found at the following YouTube link ( NPTEL 3G/4G ). He has also successfully conducted several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on various topics such as Applied Game Theory, MIMO OFDM Wireless Systems, Probability and Random Processes, Signals and Systems, Principles of Communication Systems, which have been widely adopted and appreciated. A book authored by him titled Principles of Modern Wireless Communications Systems has been published by McGraw Hill Education and comprehensively covers several key aspects of modern wireless technologies.

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 16 November 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.
  • Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

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