Module Title:Satellite and Microwave Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Combination of lectures and practical laboratory sessions. Lectures will take the form of traditional theory and tutorials. Laboratory sessions take the form of individual & group work.
Module Aim: To understand the application of information theory and digital communications concepts in the design of microwave wireless communication systems and to appreciate the operational conditions and constraints of modern microwave systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Understand terrestrial and satellite microwave transmission fundamentals.
LO2 Consider and select microwave antenna types appropriate to given scenarios.
LO3 Determine antenna installation considerations, physical, alignment and path loss.
LO4 Contrast the types of transmission lines associated with microwave and satellite systems.
LO5 Test and maintain terrestrial and satellite microwave transmission systems.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fundamentals of Microwave Radio
Spectrum, propagation characteristics, Freznel zone.
Fundamentals of Satellite Systems
Characteristics of Satellites, System Elements, Satellite Orbit Configurations, Frequency Spectrum Allocations, Satellite Network Architectures, Point-to-Multipoint Networks, Point-to-Point Networks, VSAT Networks, Propagation on the Earth-Space Link.
Microwave link Engineering
Antenna choice, positioning, Link Requirements, Electromagnetic Environments, Capacity, Feed Assemblies, Shields and Radomes, High-performance Antennas, High Capacity Antennas, Direct Radio Integration.
Transmission Lines
Types of Waveguide, Flanges, Pressurization, Dehydrators, Waveguide assembly.
Antenna installation
Antenna Path Alignment, Antenna Path Loss, Transmission Line Loss, Compass Readings and Azimuth Markers.
Testing and Maintenance
VSWR, Test Equipment, Maintenance.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment100.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ: The students will be given MCQs to assess their knowledge of terrestrial and satellite microwave systems during the semester. 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 n/a
Written Report Each student will be given an aspect of satellite communications to research and report on. This will include a presentation to their peers at the end of the semester. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ: The students will be given MCQs to assess their knowledge of terrestrial and satellite microwave systems during the semester. 1,2,3,4,5 60.00 n/a
Written Report Each student will be given an aspect of satellite communications to research and report on. This will include a presentation to their peers at the end of the semester. 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lab/Lecture Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 6.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EESYS_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electronic Engineering 4 Mandatory
CW_EEEEN_D Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering 4 Mandatory