ET-230: Telecommunications I

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: ET-230 Telecommunications I

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3 class hours, 3 laboratory hours

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): MA128, ET140, ET210, ET220

Course Description in college catalog:

The theory and principles of modern electronic telecommunications devices, including telephones, wire-line and optical communications links, radio, television, radar, and digital communications. Includes the generation of signals, modulation and demodulation methods, receivers and transmitters, transmission lines and antennas. Laboratory hours complement class work.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Computer Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Electronic Engineering Technology

A.A.S. Telecommunications Technology

In order to pass ET-230, a passing grade must be obtained in both Lecture and Laboratory.

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Course Objectives Learning Outcomes
Introduction to the RF spectrum, modulation Understanding of electronic communication equipment, applications, RF hardware and FCC regulations
Techniques, VCO, receivers, transmitters, mixers, Understanding of electronic communication equipment, applications, RF hardware and FCC regulations
Amplifiers, antennas and filters. Understanding of electronic communication equipment, applications, RF hardware and FCC regulations
Lab experiments: Wired and RF hardware application Bridge of theory with real world applications

Program-specific outcomes

ABET Criterion 3 Student Outcomes addressed by ET-230:

Student Outcome (1) - an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline:

  • Performance Indicator ETCT1-4 Interpret relevant technical standards.

Student Outcome (5) - an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;

  • Performance Indicator ETCT5-1 Assign and perform shared duties to accomplish a common task.
  • Performance Indicator ETCT5-2 Demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with team members.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

ET 230 Lecture Course Topics- Table of Week Numbers and Lecture Course Topics:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Week Lecture Topics
1 Introduction to Communication Systems, Bandwidth, Gain Attenuation and Decibels, Antenna and Wave Propagation
2 Transmission Lines, Reflection Coefficient, Standing Wave. Quiz 1
3 Tuned Circuits/Filters. Quiz 2
4 Fourier Series, Spectra Analysis
5 Frequency Conversion, Amplitude Modulation Circuits, Amplitude Modulation Calculations. Quiz 3
6 Amplitude Modulators, Amplitude Demodulators, Review. Quiz 4
7 Midterm
8 Angle Modulation
9 FM Circuits, Frequency Modulation Calculations. Quiz 4
10 Communication Receivers, Intermediate Frequency and Images, Noise, Receiver Circuits
11 Impedance-Matching Networks
12 Power Amplifiers, Link Budget. Test 2
13 Satellite Communication, Quiz 5
14 Final Review, Project Presentation
15 Final Exam

ET 230 Lab Course Topics- Tables of Week Numbers and Lab Course Topics:

Course objectives/expected student learning outcomes
Week Lecture Topics
1 Lab 1: Learning about Audio Same
2 Lab 2: Radio Wave propagation
3 Lab 3: Demonstration of Time domain Reflectometry
4 Lab 4: The vector network analyzer and S-parameters
5 Lab 5: Spectra Analysis
6 Lab 6: Frequency conversion
7, 8 Lab 7: A Simple AM Radio Receiver
9 Lab 8: Introduction to Digital Communication
10 Lab 9: analog and FSK modulation
11 Lab 10: Impedance Matching and Maximum Power Transfer Same
12 Lab 11: Introduction to Microwaves Same
13 Lab 12: Satellite Communication
14 Project Presentation

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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