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PH4026   Signals and Information

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 11.00 am odd Mon, Wed, Fri, 2.00 pm even Mon (TBC)

This module gives an introduction to what are signals and information, and how they are measured and processed. It also covers the importance of coherent techniques such as frequency modulation and demodulation and phase sensitive detection. The first part of the module concentrates on information theory and the basics of measurement, with examples. Coherent signal processing is then discussed, including modulation/demodulation, frequency mixing and digital modulation. Data compression and reduction ideas are illustrated with real examples and multiplexing techniques are introduced. The module concludes with a discussion of basic antenna principles, link gain, and applications to radar.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 or ( pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr P Cruickshank and Dr G Smith

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School¿s Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.