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A System View of Communications: From Signals to Packets (Part 1) - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

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Explore the tradeoffs in designing communication systems like mobile phones, and the engineering tools to handle them.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: Basic univariate calculus Basic knowledge of programming


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What I would highlight One of the best course I have followed on any MOOC ! Really great teachers, good quality materials, clear explanations! Thanks a lot

What could be improved Everything OK.

Course taken: April 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What I would highlight This course seems very comprehensive. I am finding it thought-provoking and very helpful. There is quite a lot of MatLab programming involved, which is a learning curve for me. I would say that it will probably take many people much more than the suggested 5 hours a week, as the quizzes and labs are quite time consuming. Personally, it is taking me nearer 10, and ideally I would like to spend slightly more than that, but circumstances don't allow that! Thanks for providing this course!

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Course taken: November 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What I would highlight A great series of courses about communication systems. All the topics are discussed in details with an engineering point of view. There are two instructors, one presenting the theory and one presenting the labs. Labs require editing of matlab code; I usually don't like courses with matlab assignments, but, in this case, they help a lot, condensing the theory in real algorithms. In this course, part 1, the physical and link layers of communication systems are discussed. I have already followed great courses about this topic, both at university and online, but this is the first one where I have seen interference and equalizers explained so well.

What could be improved No negative aspects.

Course taken: December 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What you'll learn on the course

Computer Science

Course programme

Have you ever wondered how information is transmitted using your mobile phone or a WiFi hotspot? This introductory course seeks to enable you to understand the basic engineering tools used and tradeoffs encountered in the design of these communication systems.   This course is divided into three parts. In Part 1, we examine the point-to-point link, which communicates information from a single transmitter to a single receiver. Part 2 examines how multiple transmitters can share the same physical channel. Part 3 discusses how information can be transmitted reliably from one station to another over a network that connects multiple stations. Online interactive exercises are included to help build your intuition. This course was inspired by and built upon the course 6.02 Digital Communication Systems developed at MIT, which Prof Bertram Shi worked on during his sabbatical in 2009.

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Bertram Shi Bertram E. Shi received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1987 and 1988. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California in 1994. He then joined HKUST, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering and the Division of Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are in bio-inspired signal processing and robotics, neuromorphic engineering, computational neuroscience, machine vision, image processing, and machine learning. Prof. Shi is an IEEE Fellow and has twice served as Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems and Frontiers in Neuromorphic Engineering.