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Electrical Engineering Department
Faculty of Engineering
Alexandria University

CC541: Communication Systems (SSP)

Lecturer: Ziad A. El-Sahn



This course introduces the different communication systems of today's world including optical, wireless, wired and other technologies (e.g. telephony systems, data networks, radio and television broadcasting, microwave and satellite links, optical communication systems, etc.). The architecture, technology, operation, modulation, coding, multiple access techniques and other aspects of such systems are thoroughly studied.

Teaching Load (Winter 2017)

- Lectures (2 hours), Tutorials (2 hours), Lab (1 hour)
- Office Hours: Monday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Teaching Assistants: Eng. Nayera Wael


1- Introduction to Communication Systems

2- Mobile Communication Systems

- Introduction to Mobile Communications
- Fundamentals and Design of Cellular Communication Systems
- Generations of Mobile Communication Systems

3- Microwave Links Engineering

- Introduction to Microwave Links
- Design Issues of Microwave Links

4- Optical Communication Systems

- Basics of Optical Communications
- Devices for Optical Communications
- Modulation and Optical Access Technologies
- Design Issues
- Example Systems

5- Radar Systems

- Principle of Operation
- Radar Equation
- Common Types of Radars


- Govind P. Agrawal, Fiber-Optic Communication Systems, 4th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010.
- P.J. Winzer, and R.-J. Essiambre, "Advanced optical modulation formats," Proceedings of the IEEE, May 2006.
- Jochen Schiller, Mobile Communications, 2nd Edition, Pearson Education, 2003.
- William Stallings, Wireless Communications & Networks, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2005.

Useful Links:

- Cisco Visual Networking Index [URL]
- Optical Fibers, Corning Inc. [URL]
- Call Blocking and Erlang B Calculations [URL]
- Earth Bulge Calculator [URL]


Lecture 1: Introduction to Communication Systems [PDF]
Lecture 2: Fundamentals of Mobile and Cellular Communication Systems [PDF]
Lecture 3: Adjacent and Co-Channel Interference - Blocking Probability and QoS [PDF]
Lectures 4, 5: Multiple Access Techniques - Generations of Mobile Communication Systems [PDF]
Lecture 6: Fundamentals and Design of Microwave Links [PDF]
Lectures 7-9: Optical Communication Systems [PDF]
Lecture 10: Radar Systems [PDF]

Assignments: For instance, follow the assignments with Eng. Nayera Wael


Distribution of a total mark of 100:

- Mid-Term Exams (30 marks): 2 closed book exams
- Class Work (10 marks)
- Lab (10 marks)
- Final Exam (50 marks): closed book exam


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