ELEC 476 / 676
Topics in Digital and Wireless Communication
Students finishing this course will understand
in detail several advanced topics in digital and wireless
communication systems, with particular focus on
error control coding (block, convolutional, and
Instructor and Office Hours:
Richard J. Kozick
Office: Room 220 Dana
Phone: (570) 577-1129
FAX: (570) 577-1822
Office hour schedule for Fall, 2001 is
Monday 1-2 PM, Thursday 10-11 AM, Friday 1-2 PM.
Please contact me to arrange other times.
(Refer to the
course home page for the most up-to-date office hours)
ELEC 320 or undergraduate course in signals and linear systems.
Introduction to Digital Communication (second edition),
Rodger E. Ziemer and Roger W. Peterson,
the first few chapters of the text are available in PDF format at
Iterative Detection: Adaptivity, Complexity Reduction, and
K.M. Chugg, A. Anastasopoulos, X. Chen,
Kluwer Academic Press, 2001.
Turbo Coding, by
Chris Heegard and
Stephen B. Wicker,
Kluwer Academic Press, 1998.
(Professor Kozick has a copy of these books.)
Course Home Page:
The home page for the ELEC 476 course is located at the URL
It can also be accessed by following the link from
my home page at
The course home page contains the homework assignments,
links to Web pages related to communications,
and other course information.
Grades for the course will be computed as follows.
Computer projects 25%
Special topic reports 20%
Student presentations 10%
Mid-term exam 15%
Quizzes and class participation 15%
Graduate students will receive additional assignments that treat some
topics in greater detail.
The main objective of this course is the development of a Matlab
implementation of a turbo coder and decoder.
We will work on most of these projects in groups of one or two.
Special Topic Reports:
Students will investigate a topic of interest
in the area of wireless communications.
The report will be done individually or in pairs, and
you will deliver a presentation to the class.
A sign-up sheet will be provided for you to choose a topic and
a date for presentation.
Exams and Quizzes:
One mid-term exam will be given on the following date:
Friday, October 26.
We will not have a final exam.
Short quizzes (announced or unannounced)
will also be given to check your understanding of
the material as we proceed through the course.
Missed quizzes cannot be made-up, but your lowest quiz grade will be
Homework will be assigned occasionally to give you practice
with the course material.
It will be due at the beginning of class on the specified due date.
Late assignments will not be accepted because solutions will
be distributed and reviewed during class on the due date.
You are encouraged to work on the homework with groups of your classmates.
The purpose of the homework is to practice with the material and to
improve your understanding.
I encourage you to learn from each other, and also to ask me when you have
However, the homework solutions that you submit for grading
must be written individually.
Be sure that you understand the reasoning for each problem,
even if you initially solved the problem with help from your classmates.
The following is a tentative list of topics for the course.
- Block diagram of digital communication systems (Chapter 1)
- Apply probability and statistics to understand the effect of
coding on the bit error rate (Appendix A)
- Shannon's capacity theorem and its application
- Implement in Matlab: block coding, convolutional coding,
turbo coding (Chapters 6, 7, and other handouts)
- Evaluate complexity versus performance tradeoffs for turbo codes
- Explain the basic attributes of wireless communication systems
ABET Course Outcomes:
Please see the course home page. The ABET outcomes will be posted soon.