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Analog Circuit Design

This course deals with the analysis and design of switched capacitor circuit, Nyquist rate and over-sampling digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters and continuous time filters. The emphasis will be at the opamp level and above; however, transistor level knowledge is required. A detailed summary on transistor level design will be provided as well.

 

Analog-Digital Interface Integrated Circuits

This course covers the data converter circuits in modern mixed-signal VLSI systems. The course presents switched-capacitor amplifiers/integrators, sample- and-hold circuits, Nyquist-rate converters, and oversampled converters. As the major advancement in this field was developed using CMOS technology in the past decade, the course will focus on CMOS building blocks and circuit techniques that implement these converters. Extensive computer simulations are required in the project. The course content includes Sample-and-hold amplifiers, switched-capacitor (SC) circuits, Nyquist-rate data converters, oversampled data converters, precision techniques, digital calibration, and data converter testing.

 

Information Theory

This course explores the basic concepts of Information theory for participants planning to delve into the fields of communications, data compression, and statistical signal processing. It will cover the concepts of source, channel, rate of transmission of information. Entropy and mutual information. The noiseless coding theorem. Noisy channels; the coding theorem for finite state zero memory channels. Channel capacity. Error bounds. Parity check codes. Source encoding.

 

Digital Communications

This course covers digital transmission of information across discrete and analog channels. It covers up to date subjects such as sampling; quantization; noiseless source codes for data compression: Huffman’s algorithm and entropy; block and convolutional channel codes for error correction; channel capacity; digital modulation methods: PSK, MSK, FSK, QAM; matched filter receivers. Performance analysis: power, bandwidth, data rate, and error probability.

 

Advanced Digital Communications

This advanced course aims to provide topics of digital communication systems by focusing on characteristics of the wireless channels and their impact on the signals. Moreover, the course aims to provide an understanding of mathematical modeling of digital communication systems when the fading channels are in present. Other topics include Adaptive Equalization, Linear Equalization, Decision Feedback Equalization, Multichannel and Multicarrier Systems, Fading Channels characterization and signaling, and the capacity of the fading channels.

 

Information Security Management

This course addresses the theory and practice of information security. In particular, it will consider where data comes from, who collects it and what they can do with it. It will further look into theories of monitoring and surveillance, digital identity, legal and regulatory frameworks, data protection, cybercrime, business resilience, disaster recovery, and security audits.

 

Computer Simulation Techniques

This course builds a holistic framework for analyzing complicated systems in modern manufacturing and service industries. Process view of organizations is reinforced in a consistent manner and the analysis and improvement of such systems are studied using computer simulations. Simulation Basics; Queueing Applications; Inventory Applications; Validation and Verification; Group Project.

 

Advanced Power Electronics and Drives

This course introduces advanced circuit topologies of power electronics systems for high power applications; the power quality issues will also be addressed by covering passive and active power filters, front end active circuit topologies and harmonic standards. An introduction to modern variable speed AC and DC drives for industrial applications will also be introduced.

 

Dynamics and Earthquake Analysis of Structures

This course aims to develop the understanding and skills necessary to analyse linear structures under general dynamic, including earthquake loading, and to understand the use of time stepping schemes for linear dynamic and transient problems.

 

Plasticity in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering

This course focuses on the with basic concepts and methods of computational plasticity. Essential steps required in numerical integration of elasto-plastic constitutive models are first discussed in a one-dimensional setting. Concepts of plasticity under multiaxial stress states are introduced and several yield criteria are described including von Mises, Tresca, Mohr-Coulomb and Drucker-Prager yield criteria. Details of numerical integration are provided for the von Mises yield criterion. Understanding of basic concepts and practical applications are strengthened through the programming exercises focusing on one-dimensional problems, and use of computational codes under multiaxial state of stress. Computer simulations of structural and geotechnical problems are performed, with the objective of understanding the concepts of engineering failure and limit state.

 

Advanced Thermo Fluid Mechanics

This course advances thermal-fluid flow modelling from that studied at a previous level. Participants are assumed to have an understanding of the flow of air and water, but this module advances knowledge into multiphase materials that may be Non-Newtonian and have temperature dependent properties. It also includes study of heat transfer, solidification and melting processes. The aim is to equip the participant with the theoretical understanding to solve thermal and fluid flows problems and their application to real life situations. Examples will be drawn from oil and gas applications and processes such as casting of metals, moulding of polymers, printing of inks and melting of powders.

 

Polymer Processing

This course provides a deeper understanding of the technology of plastics processing. The material covered will cross cut the engineering disciplines of advanced manufacturing technology and polymer science to broaden the technical and industrial context of polymer processing. Within the content of the module simulation software will be applied to industrial case study examples for critical evaluation. In addition, the application of polymer replication technologies within the emerging field of micro manufacturing will be presented, focusing on the advantage and limitations of size effect and length scale integration.

 

Advanced Solid Mechanics

This course covers material that is important to Engineers when working in an advanced design environment where non-linear effects such as large displacement, plasticity, creep, fatigue and bolted joint mechanics are to be considered.

 

Power Generation Systems

This course provides a detailed introduction the technology, politics and economics of power generation and its distribution. The main topics include power for transport applications and electricity generation. Case studies of existing power plant (including coal, oil, gas, nuclear) will be followed by an assessment of low carbon technologies which may offer sustainable energy supplies into the future (wind, wave, tidal, solar, biomass).