Electronic Communication Systems (ELC-201) is a comprehensive course in AM, FM, and single-sideband communication systems and an introduction to digital transmission. The course is designed to familiarize you with transmitters, receivers, modems, noise analysis, information theory, pulse modulation, sampling, coding, multiplexing, and other signal-processing techniques used in commercial broadcasting and data transmission systems.
On completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook and software are available from the textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
To participate fully in course activities, you need to have daily access to a personal computer and command of certain basic computer skills, including the ability to send and receive e-mail with attachments.
In addition, your computer system must meet the following minimum specifications:
Electronic Communication Systems is a 4-credit online course, consisting of six (6) assignment modules.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in weekly online discussion activities (six "troubleshooting" forums in all), complete six (6) written assignments, and take two (2) examinationsa proctored midterm and an unproctored, online final examination.
Assignment modules are subdivided into study units, which include unit learning objectives, a detailed study assignment, a troubleshooting discussion activity, and a module-ending written assignment. The study assignments, in turn, consist of readings in the course textbook, lectures and interactive exercises, and links to self-check exercises on the textbook publisher's Web site.
For the course's six assignment modules, go to the Assignment Modules area of the course Web site. (See also the course Calendar.)
Electronic Communication Systems requires you to participate in weekly discussion activities based on the "Troubleshooting with Electronics Workbench Multisim" sections in the textbook. Altogether these discussions take place in six graded "troubleshooting" forums on the class Discussion Board. In addition you are required to participate in an ungraded "Introductions" forum in module 1.
Communication with the mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a posted activity and subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate, the reading, or your mentor, state and support your agreement or disagreement. You will be evaluated on the quality and quantity of your participation. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, professional, and respectful.
For additional information on online discussions, see Online Discussions in the Online Student Handbook.
The written assignments draw on exercises from assigned chapters in the textbook. For each assignment, answer all exercises, and show all work.
Assignments must be prepared electronically using whatever word processing program you have on your computer. When preparing your answers, please identify each exercise clearly by chapter and exercise number. Include your name at the top of the paper, as well as the course name and code and the semester and year in which you are enrolled.
Before submitting your first assignment, check with your mentor to determine whether your word processing software is compatible with your mentor's software. If so, you can submit your work as you prepared it. If not, save your assignment as a rich-text (.rtf) file, using the Save As command of your software program. Rich text retains basic formatting and can be read by any other word processing program.
When satisfied that your assignment represents your best work, submit it to your mentor by means of the
link provided at the bottom of the respective assignment page. Use the Browse button within this link to locate and attach your assignment file. Click to turn in the assignment.
You are required to take two examinations: a proctored midterm examination and an unproctored, online final examination. Consult the course Calendar for the scheduling of these exams.
You may take the examination only during the designated exam week, at an approved location, and with an approved proctor. In this regard, you need to schedule your exam and submit your "Proctor Request Form" with the necessary documentation no later than the end of the first week of the semester (see Administrative Forms in the General Information area of the course Web site).
If you are on a course extension and have not yet taken the midterm exam, you must let your examination proctor know when you plan to take the exam and contact the Office of Test Administration (609-984-1181) two weeks in advance to request that your exam be sent to the proctor.
For more information on scheduling a proctored examination, see the section Examinations and Proctors in the Online Student Handbook.
The final exam is taken online in Blackboard. An exam link will be activated and made available to you in the Tests & Quizzes area of the course site at the start of the last week of the semester. You may take the exam at any time during that week, but no later than midnight Saturday (eastern time). If you are on a course extension, you will need to arrange with your mentor a time to reschedule the final exam.
Statement about Cheating
If there is evidence that you have cheated or plagiarized in your exam, the exam will be declared invalid, and you will fail the course.
Please also note that the exam is time-limited. That means you only have the allotted time in which to complete the exam. If you exceed the time limit on the exam, you will be penalized by having two points deducted for every minute that you exceed the time limit. This may also result in your failing the course.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a nonarea of study course), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings, etc.). You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted.
Letter grades for online discussions, written assignments, and examinations are based on the following numerical grades:
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