Mobile Communications Systems – MCS
We focus on the detailed implementation of two key mobile systems, namely GSM and UMTS, from the viewpoints of system architecture, the physical layer and system implementation. The 2.5 and 3.5/3.75 Generations are also discussed with a description of HSCSD, GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA and HSUPA. Issues of network planning, mobile services and business are also considered, with a focus on the 802.11 (WiFi), 802.15 (Bluetooth and Zigbee) and 802.16 (WiMAX) standards.
IP Technologies and Architecture
Introduction to IP Networks – IPN
This module serves as an introduction to Internet Protocol (IP) based networks, protocols and services. The aim is to provide a foundation for the understanding of IP technologies and to show how such networks are impacting on the telecommunications environments and enable the realisation of multi-service communications networks.
Interactive Multimedia Systems – IMS
This module covers technological, application and legislative issues, developed to service the emerging interactive multimedia systems market in an IP environment. This concerns the uses of various broadband network systems ranging from entertainment and information services, through multimedia web usage, to interactive distance group working.
Next Generation Networks– NGN
This module deals with the convergence of voice and broadband services of the public telecommunications and IP networks. This important topic includes broadband technologies and services, IP protocols and architectures, IP QoS, inter-working and legacy networks, RADIUS servers, mobility and emerging technologies.
NGN is an update of and replacement for the Telecommunications and Internet Convergence Module (TIC)
Networks & Communication Fundamentals
Introduction to Telecommunications Networks – ITN
This module provides a wide perspective of available communication networks and their properties. Many of the topics covered are fundamental to communication engineers regardless of whether they are working in a circuit switched or packet switched environment.
Broadband Technologies and Components– BTC
This module introduces the technologies involved in the design and construction of transport networks (wireless, copper and optical) and the applications areas in which they are used. It covers the physical fundamentals of the generation, guided transmission, amplification and reception of light, the design consideration and techniques used in radio networks, the principles of digital transmission and the role of optics and wireless in both access and core networks.
BTC is an update of and replacement for the Fibre Components and Networks Module (FCN)
Communication Systems Modelling – CSM
This module provides in-depth exposure to analytic and simulation techniques appropriate for the representation, analysis and performance evaluation of communications systems and networks.
Network Planning and Operations – NPO
The module gives an understanding of the processes of designing and planning telecommunications, broadband and IP-based networks. The process is taken from the creation of market forecasts of demand on the network, to the implementation of plans. Aspects of the design that influence the likely replacement of the PSTN, the ATM and IP networks are also covered. It also deals with the performance that a network must be designed to meet and those performance parameters that impact on the quality of service perceived by customers.
Services and Business
Telecommunications Business Environment – TBE
This module deals with strategic management issues related to running a telecommunications operating company [Telco], enabling delegates to appreciate the business perspectives of telecommunications both in the UK and globally. Emphasis is on providing an understanding of the interactive nature of the forces impacting on the performance of Telcos.
Software for Services and Network Design – SNS
This course is primarily experiential in character. Lectures, hands-on activities and demonstrations are combined to provide exposure to, and experience of, a range of software skills appropriate to communication engineering, specifically addressing the increasingly important role of object oriented (OO) software techniques in telecommunications. The module is assessed through a set of coding and written assignments, some of which will be carried out during the module.
Network and Services Management – NSM
This module introduces principles, technologies and protocols used for network and service management in both telecommunication and Internet Service Provider networks. It covers the relevant functional areas, examines in detail management technologies such as SNMP, CMIS/P and CORBA and introduces the TMN hierarchical management framework. The course concludes with in-depth case studies of IP network configuration for traffic engineering and IP quality of service management.
Module B1 – Strategy, Marketing and the Business Environment
This module examines the environment in which ICT and telecommunications businesses operate and develops an understanding of strategic and business planning.
- Structure of ICT
- An understanding of the modern telecommunications/ICT business environment and the cost and revenue drivers; the ICT value chain; and the economic model of a network operator.
- ICT Services, today and tomorrow
- An examination of today’s services (e.g. Internet, e-commerce and entertainment); an exploration of likely future developments and revenue opportunities; their impacts on society, markets and the industry.
- Macro Economic Models
- We explore some generic models of Global and UK economies; the dynamics of economic change and the relevance to ICT and telecommunications.
- Strategy and Business Environment
- A look at Business tools for strategy development and business planning; we explore current strategic issues and their impact on the corporate strategies of network and ICT operators.
- Regulation and Legislation
- The principles of regulation; how they might change and the impact on business strategies; an insight into the influence of European legislation.
- Principles of Marketing
- The generic principles of marketing, including marketing intelligence, segmentation and targeting; the 7 Ps of marketing; sales account management; and customer relationship management (CRM).
- Competition Analysis
- An understanding of the principles and techniques of competitor analysis; an examination of the present and future competition in the ICT market; the effects of convergence; dynamics within the value chain.
5 Day Module
This module is assessed by an assignment
Module B2 – Finance and Product Management
The object of this module is to present the principles of finance, using telecommunication and ICT service providers as example companies. This module also covers the practical aspects of product management, including development of business cases and the nature of infrastructure economics.
- Financial Accounting
- The principles, application and practical use of financial accounts, including the unique telecommunications and ICT aspects.
- Management Accounting
- The application of management accounting to the business so that students can apply the principles to their own company circumstances.
- Business Finance
- The importance of creating, implementing and auditing a robust financial strategy, including the management of risk and the implications on share price.
- Product and Portfolio Management
- Product and portfolio development; a detailed review of the whole-life product management cycle, including product launch, enhancement, positioning and pricing.
- Business Cases
- The creation of business cases for product development and investment; a practical understanding of DCF techniques, cost of capital and financing options.
- Network and System Infrastructure Economics
- How the network size, structure and technologies, together with the systems support infrastructure, impact on the financial performance of a network operator; the special relevance to the development of Next Generation Networks (NGN) and the provision of new services.
5 Day Module
This module is assessed by an unseen written exam.
Module B3 – Customer Service, Operations and Planning
The objective of this module is to deal with the application of theory to the practices encountered in the real life of a service operator. It presents the best practice in operations and customer service across the industry.
- Managing Customer Experience
- Retaining customers by effective relationship management; understanding the needs of the 21st century customer; managing the customer experience both off-line and on-line.
- Organisational Climate
- The role of organisational climate and culture in successfully managing your internal and external customer relations.
- Customer Service Principles
- Exploration of the relationship between QoS and network/service performance; service management; call-centre management; and service economics.
- Customer Service and Network Management Systems
- The principles of network management and service management; support systems, their architectures and economics; models such as eTOM and ITIL are examined.
- Field Operations
- The principles, processes and cost drivers of the operational aspects of providing customer service, including field force organisation and cost-quality tradeoffs.
- Network Planning
- The principles of planning, dimensioning and capital budgeting of all network sectors, including the relationship with the business planning process.
- ICT Project Management
- Planning & designing ICT projects; project and programme management; project portfolio management; assessment and management of risk.
5 Day Module
This module is assessed by an assignment
Module B4 – Organisational Design. People Management and Innovation.
The core of any successful company is a well-trained and motivated staff operating within efficient processes and an effective organisation. This module provides an understanding of this important topic.
- Human-Resource Management
- The generic principles of HR management and its application to the ICT and Telecommunications industries.
- Organisation Design
- Principles of organisation structures and governance; local, national and multinational entities; geographical versus functional demarcations; and centres of excellence.
- Organisation and Process Transformation
- Process re-engineering and change management.
- Team Management
- Assessing people types; deployment, motivation, reward and job satisfaction; Managing succession;
- Cultural Dynamics
- Managing mixed disciplines; power politics; career shifts; encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship.
- Training & Skills Development
- Skills-needs planning; up-skilling; training programmes; CPD; and professional standards.
- Innovation management
- Types and sources of innovation; IPRs and licences; exploitation of technology; innovation in product development; collaboration, JVs, partnerships and alliances.
5 Day Module
This module is assessed by an assignment
Photonic Subsystems - PSS
This module covers the principles of Photonic sub-systems including external optical modulators, optical amplifiers both semiconductor and fibre. Photonics Control loops and frequency synthesis, Photonic Transmitters and Receivers including circuitry, noise considerations, Clock recover and Automatic Gain control. The module will also consider emerging topics such as Coherent systems and Sub-system integration.
Advanced Photonic Devices – APD
This module provides and in depth understanding of optical sources, photo detectors and receivers for optical communication. Topics include: III-V compound semiconductors, semiconductor growth techniques, laser theory, double hetrostructure laser diodes, quantum well lasers, Fabrey-Perot devices, noise, laser diode modulation and external modulators and sources for WDM, including tuneable lasers and optical frequency synthesis. Photo detectors and mechanisms of photon detection, materials and fabrication techniques, sources of noise and receiver design. Passive devices and their fabrication, including gratings and photonic band gap structures.
Optical Transmission and Networks – OTN
This module provides the student with an understanding of optical transmission systems, including causes of signal impairment in transmission and techniques to reduce signal distortion. Particular emphasis is given to optically amplified and Wavelength Division Multiplexed transmission systems covering topics such as dispersion management, system resilience, SDH/SONET, add-drop multiplexing, digital cross-connects, wavelength routed optical networks (WRONs) and wavelength routing and allocation algorithms, wavelength conversion and dynamic wavelength switching.
RF Circuits and Sub-Systems - RFC
This module gives the student an understanding of RF circuits and system architectures. It covers device choices for circuits (MESFET, HEMT, HBT, BiCMOS, BJT and LDMOS) as well as considering the RF circuit design techniques in MIC and MMIC form. A number of application areas are covered including RF transmitters and receivers, Microwave filters, Amplifier design, Active non-reciprocal components, Mixers, Modulators, and Oscillators. In addition it looks at integration technology and the design of Monolithic RF circuits as well as CAD including the use of MDS
Antennas and Propagation - AP
This module gives an in-depth understanding of the theory and application of antennas, and RF propagation. Starting from basic antenna definitions of gain, directivity, efficiency, effective area and length, directional patterns and polarisation, it proceeds to consider a variety of types of radiating element. This is all grounded in a thorough study of antenna theory, covering Fourier transforms in antennas, displacement theorem, amplitude tapers and sidelobe levels, orthogonality, pattern synthesis, near and far field patterns and focussed apertures. It also considers factors affecting RF communication, studying propagation principles of atmospheric effects, fading types and statistics, propagation models in mobile communications. To conclude the course considers practical antenna applications including arrays and electronic beam control and digital beamforming (with a discussion of smart antenna systems in mobile application)
Disclaimer: All details are provisional and subject to change without notice. Not all courses will necessarily run every year.