University of Windsor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ELEC 3290 (Analog Communications)

Course Syllabus
Semester: Summer 2021

Please note: this syllabus will be reviewed during our first class meeting, and an electronic copy will be posted on the course website within Blackboard.

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Course Description:

The course focuses on analog communication systems. It introduces how signals can be represented in both time and frequency domains and bandwidth of signals. Topics covered include analog modulation and demodulation systems (AM, PM, and FM), sampling theorem, and noise in analog communications.

Instructor Information:

Graduate Assistant (GA) Information:

Office Hours Instructions:

  1. Send a “Hello” message to the instructor or GA via MS Teams chat during the posted office hours.
  2. The instructor or GA will call you if he/she is available.
  3. If the instructor or GA is serving another student, he/she will assign you a number and call you when your turn comes.

Class and Tutorial/Lab Information:

The Implied Contract:

The instructor will strive to

You, as a student in this class, will strive to


Important Dates:

Check the Blackboard website before the exams for announcements.

June 15, 2021Midterm examination for the course
June 19-27, 2021Reading Week
July 1, 2021Canada Day
July 18th, 2021Last Day to Voluntarily Withdraw from the course
August 9, 2021Make-Up Date for Monday, July 1, 2021 classes
August 11th, 2021Last Day of Summer 2021 Classes
TBA Final examination for the course

Course Schedule:

The following course schedule is approximate.

Week Subject, activity, assignment, etc.
1Introduction to Communication Systems and Modulation Theory
Review of Representation Signals and Systems
2Fourier Representation of Signals:
Fourier Series and Fourier Transform
3Signals Transmission and Filtering
4Amplitude Modulation
7Angle Modulation
9Random Process and Transmission over Linear Systems
10Noise in Analog Communications
12Sampling of Analog Signals

Learning Outcomes:

In this course, the students will be able to:

Number Learning Outcome Code
1 describe the elements and limitations of communication systems 1b
2 describe the primary purposes of modulation in a communication system 1c
3 describe a signal as a vector, and apply the Fourier spectrum to represent a signal in terms of its vector components 1a
4 apply concepts and techniques from Fourier analysis and circuit analysis to communication systems 2c
5 describe sampling theory and conversion between continuous-time and discrete-time signals 1c
6 explain the basics of AM and FM (and related) communication systems and analyze power and spectral properties of such systems 1c, 2a
7 apply Fourier analysis to quantify the bandwidth requirements of a variety of analog modulation methods 2b
8 develop the ability to compare the strengths and weaknesses of various communication systems 2c

Evaluation Methods:

The course grade will be evaluated as follows:

Method of Evaluation % of Final Grade
Assignments, participation, and quizzes20
Midterm exam (take home, online)30
Final exam (take home, online)50


Grades for the course will be consistent with the following table:

Undergraduate Course Graduate Course
Letter Range(%) Letter Range(%)
A+ 90-100 A+ 90-100
A 85-89.9 A 85-89.9
A- 80-84.9 A- 80-84.9
B+ 77-79.9 B+ 77-79.9
B 73-76.9 B 73-76.9
B- 70-72.9 B- 70-72.9
C+ 67-69.9 C+ 67-69.9
C 63-66.9 C 63-66.9
C- 60-62.9 C- 60-62.9
D+ 57-59.9 F 0-59.9
D 53-56.9
D- 50-52.9
F 0-49.9

Assessment Considerations:

Exams and fire alarms:

Pulling a fire alarm (e.g., during an exam) is a serious offence. The Criminal Code of Canada dictates that initiating a false alarm is a criminal offence. Such an offence could result in a criminal record, a large fine, as well as disciplinary action under the University of Windsor Bylaw 31 where serious consequences would be likely (see Appendices for student misconduct).

Note that this sort of offence will affect your eligibility for the Iron Ring; additionally, a criminal record may preclude you from becoming a registered professional engineer. If you are considering pulling a fire alarm as a way to avoid a test, you are advised instead to own up to your poor preparation, take the F on the test, and ask yourself whether you have the dedication to become an engineer.

In the event that a fire alarm disrupts an exam session, the decision on how to proceed or not proceed with the exam will be made by the instructor. Therefore, if students are evacuated from the building due to a fire alarm they should wait outside and receive instructions from the instructor.

If a fire alarm sounds during a test, the instructor reserves the right to void the test and substitute a new test of greater difficulty during the next class period.

The Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET):

SET forms will be administered in the last two weeks of the course through UWinsite Student. As I value your feedback, I encourage you to take the time to complete these forms.

Intellectual Property:

General Class Expectations:

Academic Integrity:

All incidents of academic dishonesty will be documented with the Associate Dean of Engineering – Academic. University procedures will be followed. Such incidents may include, but are not limited to: submission of assignments other than your own, receiving or sharing prior knowledge of test questions, sharing or receiving information during a test by any means (including electronic), possession of any electronic device (including cell phones) during a test except for an approved calculator, sharing or receiving knowledge of a test with students who have not yet written the test, sharing a calculator or formula sheet during the test, using a solutions manual to prepare submitted assignments.

Per the University of Windsor Bylaw 31: Student Affairs and Integrity
Plagiarism: the act of copying, reproducing or paraphrasing portions of someone else's published or unpublished material (from any source, including the internet), without proper acknowledgment. Plagiarism applies to all intellectual endeavours: creation and presentation of music, drawings, designs, dance, photography, and other artistic and technical works. In the case of oral presentations, the use of material that is not one’s own, without proper acknowledgment or attribution, constitutes plagiarism and, hence, academic dishonesty. (Students have the responsibility to learn and use the conventions of documentation as accepted in their area of study.)

The uploading of test, exam, assignment, laboratory, and project questions to, as well as the downloading of posted answers from websites that offer on-line services is a breach of academic integrity. Academic integrity violations will be dealt with according to Bylaw 31. Typical sanctions for a first offence range from a zero grade to a formal censure listed on your transcript.

For more information on academic integrity and student misconduct please read Bylaw 31.

Supplemental Privileges:

According to the University of Windsor Undergraduate Calendar, The Academic Standing Committee may grant a supplemental evaluation privilege for a failed course provided that the student:

  1. has failed only one course in the evaluation period; and
  2. has a grade below 50%; and
  3. has a cumulative average of 60% or better.
If a supplemental evaluation privilege is granted and the student decides to exercise this privilege, the student must register for the supplemental and pay the appropriate fee. Once a student has registered for a supplemental evaluation and the required evaluation method has been prescribed, the evaluation will occur at the time and place prescribed by the Faculty of Engineering. Failure to write after registering for the supplemental evaluation will result in a grade of F being assigned. Both the resulting grade and the original grade will be shown on the student's transcript and will be included in the determination of the student's cumulative average.

Sexual Misconduct:

All forms of sexual misconduct (included, but not limited to verbal harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, online harassment, non-consensual sharing of images, etc.) jeopardize the mental, physical, and emotional welfare of our students and employees, as well as the safety of the campus community and the reputation of the University. Anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct deserves support. Regardless of whether the incident occurred recently or many years ago, you deserve support now.

If you wish to speak confidentially about an incident of sexual misconduct, please contact the Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention Office at Please note, you do not have to formally report your experience in order to receive support, resources, and guidance. If you would like to consider filing a formal complaint with the University or have questions about policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, the Office can also provide this information and assist with the process.

Engineers’ Canada, Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) Hours:

Subject Areas Accreditation Units
One hour of lecture (corresponding to 50 minutes of activity) = 1AU
One hour of laboratory or scheduled tutorial = 0.5 AU
Natural Sciences
Engineering Science50
Engineering Design25
Complementary Studies

Will there be a laboratory experience and safety procedures instruction? Yes No

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If you have, or think you may have a disability, you may wish to visit SAS to learn how best to meet your academic goals. Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations in this course must contact an Advisor in SAS (lower level of Dillon Hall, (519) 253-3000 ext. 6172 or online at to complete SAS Registration and receive the necessary Letters of Accommodation.

After registering with SAS, you must present your Letter of Accommodation and discuss your needs with me as early in the term as possible.