Project Description

Course Code

RF400

Course Overview

This online certificate course explains modulation and demodulation without complex mathematics. It includes an overview of a simple digital communications transceiver. Review quizzes are included throughout the course to test knowledge and understanding.

What you will learn
  • Understand the elements of a basic wireless communications system

  • Know how the modulation process works
  • Know how the demodulation process works

  • Know the basics of a digital communications receiver

Target Audience

This online RF and microwave course is ideal for new entrants to the field of RF and microwave engineering. Students and job seekers will also find the course beneficial since it covers areas likely to arise during a technical interview. Technical sales engineers and technical managers who need to improve their understanding of RF and microwave communications in order to better manage projects.

  • New Starters

  • Recent Graduates and Interns

  • RF and Microwave Technicians and Engineers

  • Technical Sales and Applications Engineers

  • Technical Managers

Technical Level

Although there are no formal prerequisites for the certification course, an ability to absorb and understand technical concepts is essential together with a desire to learn more about the topics covered. A technical background is desirable in order to derive maximum benefit from the course.

Time to Complete

Approx. 2 hr 30 mins

What’s Included?
  • Unlimited individual access to all course content on-demand 24/7 for 365 days
  • 111 minutes of focused video content

  • 11 modules covering a range of wireless modulation topics

  • 46 individual video lessons

  • Quiz questions to test your learning and progress

  • Downloadable supporting materials and applications notes

  • Certificate of Achievement issued by TTA on completion

  • IEEE Certificate of Completion issued by IEEE on completion (optional)

  • 0.25 IEEE Continuing Education Units (optional)

  • 2.5 IEEE Professional Development Hours (optional)

  • Add certificate to your LinkedIn profile

Certificate of Achievement – Included

Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes results in the award of a Certificate of Achievement. A high-resolution PDF certificate file will be emailed to you shortly after completing the course.

IEEE Certificate of Completion – Optional

This course has been approved by IEEE for the quality of its technical content and adherence to IEEE’s strict criteria for educational excellence. Successfully completing all of the course modules and quizzes gives you the option of claiming 0.25 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and 2.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) to demonstrate your continuing professional development. You have the option of purchasing an IEEE Certificate of Completion (PDF) when you enroll or after you complete the course.

Course Curriculum

11 modules – 46 video lessons – 111 mins total

1.1 Course Overview  

2.1 It’s a Digital World  
2.2 The Communications Model  
2.3 What Is Modulation Exactly?  
2.4 Modulation  
2.5 Demodulation  
2.6 Digital Communications Transceiver  
2.7 Supporting Notes  
2.8 Module Quiz  

3.1 Digital Modulation Principles  
3.2 Digital Representation (Ones and Zeros)  
3.3 The Sampling Process  
3.4 How Fast Do I Sample?  
3.5 How Many Bits Do I Need?  
3.6 Simple Communications Example  
3.7 The Bit Error Rate (BER) Function  
3.8 Forward Error Correction (FEC)  
3.9 Supporting Notes  
3.10 Module Quiz  

4.1 Ones and Zeros are Square Waves Aren’t They?  
4.2 Pulse Shaping – Bandwidth and Intersymbol Interference (ISI)  
4.3 Simple Pulse Filtering Example  
4.4 Raised Cosine Example  
4.5 Supporting Notes  
4.6 Module Quiz  

5.1 Bits and Symbols  
5.2 Signal Vector Representation  
5.3 Making a Modulated Carrier  
5.4 Carrier Signal Changes – Representation in the IQ Plane  
5.5 Constellation and Eye Diagrams  
5.6 Signal and Noise Power  
5.7 Shannon’s Capacity Formula  
5.8 Supporting Notes  
5.9 Module Quiz  

6.1 Linear Modulation Schemes  
6.2 M-ary PSK  
6.3 QPSK and OQPSK  
6.4 8-PSK and π/4-QPSK  
6.5 EDGE Modulation  
6.6 M-ary QAM  
6.7 16, 32 and 64-QAM  
6.8 Supporting Notes  
6.9 Module Quiz  

7.1 Non-Linear Modulation Schemes  
7.2 Frequency Shift Keying (FSK)  
7.3 Minimum Shift Keying (MSK)  
7.4 Supporting Notes  
7.5 Module Quiz  

8.1 Introduction to OFDM  
8.2 OFDM Concept  
8.3 OFDM Transmitter Signal Generation  
8.4 802.11a Modulator Block Diagram  
8.5 Supporting Notes  
8.6 Module Quiz  

9.1 Spread Spectrum  
9.2 CDMA – How It Works  
9.3 Chip Rate and Spreading Factor  
9.4 CDMA – How It Works (continued)  
9.5 Supporting Notes  
9.6 Module Quiz  

10.1 Multiple Access Techniques  
10.2 Uplink and Downlink Separation  
10.3 Supporting Notes  
10.4 Module Quiz  

11.1 Recommended Reading  

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We want you to be satisfied with this course and therefore offer a 100% no-risk refund guarantee. To receive a full refund, all we ask is that refund requests are made within 30 days of purchase and that you have viewed no more than 5 individual course videos.

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