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ZUG3025 – Telecommunication Systems

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 2, 2020 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 2, 2021 (Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 7


This module provides an introduction to the important aspects of modern telecommunication systems. Particular emphasis is given to digital wireless communication systems. Topics will include modulation techniques, source and error coding, multiplexing, to name but a few.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand the basic operation of analogue and digital modulation methods
2Understand and be able to quantify the effects of noise on the performance of a communication system based on random processes
3Be able to compare the performance of modulation methods
4Understand the fundamentals of information theory


Coursework assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

Workload requirements

The module further aims to provide the student with an insight into the basic principles of modern data communication and telecommunication networks, and relate this information to their wider use in the engineering environment, including networking, information representation and transmission. There will be a combination of lectures that include interactive elements, tutorials in which students will do individual work, and experiments that will be done in the laboratory by student teams. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorial work, laboratory work, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Signals & Systems