ECE4371/ECE4117 Introduction to Telecommunication Engineering, Fall, 2017

Zhu Han


Instructor information

        Office location: Engineering 2 W302

        Office hours: Tue. 10am-2pm,

Other time including weekend by appointment


        Phone: 713-743-4437(o), 301-996-2011(c)

        Course website:

Course description and objectives

This course focuses on the analysis and design of communication systems, including both analog and digital systems. We will cover modulation and demodulation techniques, performance of modulation in noise, and application of these techniques to current systems, including radio, TV, satellite, and cellular systems. The analog communication systems will be studied first. Then the basic theories for the communications are briefly covered, such as random process, estimation and detection, information theory, and error correct coding. With these theories, current digital communication techniques will be investigated. The objectives are to give the students overview of communication systems, instruct the basic theorems for communications, and illustrate the state-of-art for communication techniques.


Required textbook:

Modern Digital and Analog Communication Systems, B.P. Lathi and Zhi Ding, 4th edition, Oxford University Press

Required software: MATLAB

Syllabus (doc)

Exam and grading policy

1.       Three exams on analog, digital technique, and digital standard

2.       Participation: 5%

3.       Vote for the percentage of homework, projects, and exams at the final exam


Course Slides:

1.     Introduction, ppt

2.     Analog modulation: DSB, AM, QAM, SSB, and VSB, Satellite communication, ppt

3.     FDM system, analogy TV, PLL, FM basics, ppt

4.     FM modulator and demodulator, FM broadcasting, ppt

5.     AM interference and noise analysis, security basic, ppt

6.     ADC/DAC sampling theory, TDM, Gray code and ECE 4117 Lab, ppt

7.     Quantization, ADC/DAC, delta modulation, ppt

8.     PCM/DPCM/ADPCM, error in PCM, T carrier system, multimedia basics, ppt

9.     Line coding and scrambler, ppt

10.  Line coding spectrum, Inter-symbol-interference, and Nyguist Three Criteria, ppt

11.  Eye diagram, partial response, digital modulation, ppt

12.  Match filter, equalizer and timing, ppt

13.  Decision, digital carrier system, ppt

14.  ARQ, FEC basics, Hamming code, ppt

15.  Linear code and Cyclic code, ppt

16.  Convolutinal code and Interleaver, ppt

17.  Modern code (Turbo, LDPC, Fountain, Polar), MIMO/space time coding/beamforming, coded modulation (Trellis, BICM), ppt

18.  CDMA, ppt

19.  OFDM, ppt

20.  OSI vs. TCP/IP, Coordinate Access vs. Random Access for MAC, ppt

21.  Smartgrid, ppt

22.  5G technologies, ppt


Notice for the web-viewers outside UH: You are welcomed to use the slides but please let me know if there are any error and any way for improvement.


1.     Analog Exam

2.     Exam 2, 11/29, 10am

3.     Presentation, 12/13, 10am, 10 mins each


1.     4.2.1, 4.2.3, 4.2.5, 4.2.7, 4.2.9, 4.3.3, 4.3.8, 4.4.2, 4.4.4, 4.5.2, 4.8.1, Due 9/25/17

2.     HW 2, 5.1.1, 5.1.4, 5.2.4, 5.2.7, 5.3.1, 5.4.2, 5.4.3, due 10/2/17

3.     HW 3, in slides 9, due 10/16/17

4.     HW4: 7.2.6, 7.3.4, 7.4.2, 7.5.1, 7.7.4, 7.8.1, Due 11/06/17

5.     HW5, doc, due 11/15/17




1.     Analog transmission, due 10/2/17, doc, m

2.     Digital transmission, due 11/15/17, doc, m

3.     Term project, due at the final presentation 12/13, ppt


ECE 4117 Experiments

Syllabus (doc)


Manual file, pdf

Some other reference files, zip


Exp. #1: Due 10/6

Exp. #2: Due 10/6

Exp. #3: Due 10/6

Exp. #4: Due 11/8

Exp. #5: Due 11/8

Exp. #6, Lab 1 and Lab 2 for USRP2, lab manual is next to the USRP2. Due last day of class.


Notice for the web-viewers outside UH: You are welcomed to use the slides but please let me know if there are any error and any way for improvement.