A System View of Communications: From Signals to Packets (Part 3)

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A System View of Communications: From Signals to Packets (Part 3)

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Have you ever wondered how information is transmitted using your mobile phone or a WiFi hotspot? Gain an understanding of 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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Interesting insight into how computer networks really work, although I already knew about 25% of the material from using a computer for many years. There are about 60 minutes of high-quality video lectures each week, followed by a quiz and programming exercises. The programming exercises are in MATLAB through a web interface, usually adding some missing functionality to a program. The MATLAB web interface is much improved compared with parts 1 and 2 of this course, though understanding the complete program is still sometimes frustrating. The final week is an exam which took me about 90 minutes to complete. High-school maths is enough to complete this part of the course and I think you could do this part of the course without first completing parts 1 and 2.
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