Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session


This course will cover fundamentals of digital communications and networking. We will study the basics of information theory, sampling and quantization, coding, modulation, signal detection and system performance in the presence of noise. The study of data networking will include multiple access, reliable packet transmission, routing and protocols of the internet. The concepts taught in class will be discussed in the context of aerospace communication systems: aircraft communications, satellite communications, and deep space communications.


16.001-16.004 Unified Engineering or 6.003 Signals and Systems; 6.041 Probabilistic Systems Analysis

Requirements and Grading

Problem sets (about one per week) 10%
Attendance, participation, short quizzes 15%
Quiz 1 25%
Quiz 2 25%
Quiz 3 (during finals week) 25%



Buy at Amazon Proakis, John, and Masoud Salehi. Communication Systems Engineering. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001. ISBN: 9780130617934.

Supplementary Texts and References

Buy at Amazon Haykin, Simon. Communication Systems. 5th ed. New York, NY: Wiley, 2009. ISBN: 9780470169964.

Buy at Amazon Tanenbaum, Andrew. Computer Networks. 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002. ISBN: 9780130661029.