A System View of Communications: From Signals to Packets (Part 1)

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A System View of Communications: From Signals to Packets (Part 1)

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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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Fernando Castro

7/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 6 months ago
The course's content is really good, one of the best out there. Professor Bert is a very good teacher, no absolutely no complains here. My only complain is regarding the labs. I find the exercises proposed great and absolutely perfect to consolidate the lectures although I cannot avoid feeling the challenge escalates way too quickly as it starts using Matlab as a support tool for understanding how changes in parameters affects the key concepts studied to, one lecture later, have you create piece of codes with little coding instructions. If you have no Matlab programming experience you may find this exercise way too daunting. But in overall, I am enjoying this course very much and do recommend it.
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Mic L

10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
One of the best course I have followed on any MOOC ! Really great teachers, good quality materials, clear explanations! Thanks a lot
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Tony Royston

8/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 10 months ago
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!
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3 years, 6 months ago
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.
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Nenad Pekez

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
This is the best course I've ever taken online. As matter of fact, it's better than most of courses I had during my studies. Everything is explained clearly with so many fantastic everyday analogies. Even for those who already have experience with similar topics this is going to be really useful, because even the most basic stuff, for example, binary system is explained in different and interesting ways. I recommend this course definitely! It was such a great experience! Thank you!
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James Toney

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 8 months ago
This is one of the best-organized on-line courses that I have seen. The lectures are extremely clear, with nothing taken for granted. The Matlab exercises are well thought-out and useful.
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