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Telecommunications Systems

TLEN 5310

Telecommunications Systems

Fall 2016

Distance / In-Class

Charles Cook

WED FRI 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Classroom: ECEE 283


Reviews fundamental technical concepts and terminology in telecommunications. Topics of focus include: decibels, noise analysis, transmission lines, electronic signals, radio spectrum characteristics, link budgets, AM modulation, angle modulation, digital modulation, multiplexing, sampling and digital encoding, detection, and similar physical layer concepts. Systems for analysis include CATV, cellular wireless, WLAN, satellite systems, internet networking and related voice and data networks.

Students will have an opportunity to test out of the class during the first week of the semester. Note that the success rate is less than 20%. It is expected that students will take this course in their first year.


dBs, Noise and Link Budgets
Digital Communications and Coding
Wired Digital
Wireless Digital
Network Communications
Antennas and Propagation
WAN Radio Systems
Video Transmission
Community Antenna Television (Cable TV)
Fiber Optic Systems
Special Topics


  • A technical review of physical layer concepts required for success as a telecommunications professional.
  • Understand how the physical layer drives system architecture and system performance across various telecommunication industries; including the PSTN, wireless networks, CATV networks, packet networks, satellite and fiber systems.
  • Develop awareness of the commonality of these seemingly dissimilar telecommunication systems.


Provide an in-depth investigation of fundamental telecommunications concepts and terminology. The course quickly reviews the physical layer concepts used for voice and data communications common to all modern telecommunication networks. This is followed by application of these concepts to the structure and operation of communication systems. Topics range from the structure and operation of such telecommunication systems as the internet, the PSTN and wireless systems.. In addition to the technology, the ability to communicate thoughts and ideas via the written word is critical for scholastic and business success. As a result, this course includes an objective to improve the students writing ability through practice.


TLEN 5300: Telecommunications Theory and Applications is a prerequisite for students without an engineering background.

Some students have successfully taken TLEN5300 concurrent with TLEN5310, but it takes considerable effort.  If these two courses are taken concurrently, it is strongly recommended that the student work with the instructor to accelerate completion of the TLEN5300 so that essential concepts are mastered before they are needed in TLEN5310.


Beasley and Miller, Modern Electronic Communication, 9th ed., 2008, Prentice Hall, ISBN-13:978-0132251136. (can be purchased at the CU Book Store 303 492-3444 or 800-255-9168).

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Usually Offered: 

  • Fall

Previous Course Offerings

See up to the past five offerings of this course:
Semester Type Instructor(s) Schedule
Fall 2015 Distance / In-Class Charles Cook WED FRI
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Fall 2014 Distance / In-Class Charles Cook WED FRI
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Fall 2013 Distance / In-Class Charles Cook WED FRI
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

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