Module code: EEE2040

Module Overview


Expected prior learning:  Learning equivalent to Year 1 of EE Programmes

Module purpose:  Digital communication and data networking technologies are key components of modern revolutionary technologies. This module provides the students with the knowledge to understand digital communication systems and the functions of the Internet. In addition, the student gain related analytical skills that can be applied in designing digital communication systems and data networks.


Module provider

Computer Science and Electronic Eng

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 88

Lecture Hours: 11

Tutorial Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 30

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content


Part A - Networking and the Internet

[1] Architecture and functions of the Internet (how the Internet works)

[2] Data link layer: framing, error control, sliding windows, flow control

[3 - 5] Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols: ALOHA, slotted ALOHA, persistent and non-persistent CSMA, CSMA/CD, IEEE 802.3 and IEEE 802.11 MAC sub-layers

[6 - 8] Network layer / Internet Protocol (IP): forwarding, addressing, routing (distance vector and link-state routing protocols)

[9 - 10] Transport layer protocols with focus on TCP/UDP

[11 - 12] Application Layer Protocols, HTTP, FTP

[13 - 15] Security: encryption, authentication, access control

 Part B  - Signals and communications

[16] Elements of an electrical communication system

[17 – 19] Review of the relevant concepts in signals, linear systems, probability and stochastic processes

[20 – 21] Principles of digital data transmission through bandlimited channels

[22 – 27] Principles of digital modulation / demodulation and detection / estimation theory

[28 – 30] Concepts of information theory and coding in digital communication systems


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to test students' knowledge of the fundamental concepts in digital communication systems and data networks. In addition, students' analytical capabilities in the investigation of communication systems and networks will be tested. Finally, the students will be assessed on their capabilities to apply their knowledge to synthesise basic technique and solutions in both digital communication systems and data networks.


The aforementioned summative assessment objectives will be achieved by:

·         Online (Open-book) examination (80% weighting)

·         A coursework (20% weighting); set in Week 7 and due in Week 9

Any deadline given here is indicative. For confirmation of exact dates and times, please check the Departmental assessment calendar issued to you.


Formative assessment and feedback will be provided to help students measure their learning progress in the module by:

·        During lectures, by electronic voting

·        During lectures, by question and answer sessions.

·        During tutorials 

Module aims

  • develop a solid understanding of typical point-to-point digital communication systems, the function of individual subsystems and the interactions among them;
  • build a clear and good knowledge data networking technologies and protocols that used in the modern internet.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Explain the functions of different sub-systems in a typical digital communication system, and the interactions among them.   KC
2 Describe how the Internet operates and what are the functions of different protocol layers in the internet model. KC
3 Perform important calculations related to design of digital communication systems  and the Internet protocols.   KC
4 Describe principles of network security and how they are applied in simple practical scenarios.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims:

  • Analysis and description of the functions of digital communications systems and data networks

  • Synthesises key solutions for main problems in digital communication systems and data networks


Learning and teaching methods include the following.

  • Captured content (3 hours per week)

  • Super lectures / tutorials (2 hours per week)

  • Group discussions

  • Classroom discussion of problems




Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Computer and Internet Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Electronic Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Computer and Internet Engineering MEng 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.