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SPST613 - Satellite Communications

Course Details

Course Code: SPST613 Course ID: 3718 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

CORE COURSE: This course is a study of the principles, architectures, technologies, management, economies, advantages, and disadvantages of satellite communications. Spacecraft launch vehicles, orbits, communications modulations, radio wave propagation, payload designs/types, and spacecraft bus and antenna types are all addressed. Students will learn to devise/formulate actual satellite communications link budgets and evaluate the impact of each variable used within the equation. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED COLLEGE ALGEBRA BEFORE TAKING THIS COURSE. (Prerequisites: SPST500 and SPST501)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this 8-week course, the student will be able to:

  • CO-1: Describe the roles, responsibilities, and functions of the ITU and INTELSAT
  • CO-2: Describe the function and characteristics of selected communications satellites
  • CO-3: Describe satellite orbital terms and elements
  • CO-4: Derive orbital parameters from 2-line element sets
  • CO-5: Describe terms associated with geostationary satellites
  • CO-6: Predict SATCOM link values based on radio wave propagation and atmospheric impairments
  • CO-7: Describe the polarization of radio waves
  • CO-8: Derive SATCOM link values based on antenna theory
  • CO-9: Describe the systems and subsystems which comprise SATCOM space segments
  • CO-10: Describe the systems and subsystems which comprise SATCOM Earth segments
  • CO-11: Describe terms analog and digital signals
  • CO-12: Calculate parameters associated with analog and digital signals
  • CO-13: Compare analog and digital communications signals
  • CO-14: Describe the parameters associated with error control coding
  • CO-15: Derive space link parameters through the use of link-power budget calculations
  • CO-16: Describe the modes of interference that can occur in a SATCOM system
  • CO-17: Describe the various modes of operation to allow satellite access
  • CO-18: Describe the defining features of a broadband network
  • CO-19: Describe parameters associated with Direct Broadcast Satellites
  • CO-20: Describe the advantages and disadvantages of various satellite mobile and specialized services
  • CO-21: Develop a comprehensive research paper on a communications satellite

Grades for this course will be based on five grading instruments. You must complete all assigned tasks in order to pass the course.

Homework Assignments

The homework assignments make up 30% of your overall course grade. Details for each homework assignment can be found in the assignments section. All work must be shown in order to obtain full credit for each question.

Short Paper

This assignment is worth 14% of your course grade. Details can be found in the assignments area. The 4-5 page paper will be due at the end of Week 3. Your paper must be at least 4 pages of written material; you can use illustrations, graphs, charts, etc. but the written portion of your paper must be at least 4 pages. APA style must be used and be sure to cite ALL facts/sources as you use them!

Research Paper

This assignment is worth 30% of your course grade. Details on the research paper are posted in the assignments area. The 14-16 page paper will be due at the end of Week 8. Your paper must be at least 14 pages of written material. You can use illustrations, graphs, charts, etc. APA style must be used and be sure to cite ALL facts/sources as you use them!

Forum Postings

Forums are worth 26% of your course grade. Eight times throughout the course, discussion items will be posted within the Forum area of the classroom. Your responses must be at least 250 words, be well written and grammatically correct. Your responses will clearly show whether you have read assigned classroom readings (listed in this syllabus). You must also comment on at least two other student’s postings each week with at least 100 words each and ask your classmates at least two relevant questions during the week.

All assignments in this course are given to you prior to the due date. The “due date” for all assignments is the week in which the assignment is due. For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period between Monday–Sunday. The first week begins on the first day of the semester and ends at 11:59 PM EST the following Sunday.

NameGrade %
Forums 26.00 %
Topic #1 3.25 %
Topic #2 3.25 %
Topic #3 3.25 %
Topic #4 3.25 %
Topic #5 3.25 %
Topic #6 3.25 %
Topic #7 3.25 %
Topic #8 3.25 %
Research Paper 30.00 %
Research Paper (Due end of week 8) 30.00 %
Short Paper 14.00 %
Short Paper (Due end of Week 3) 14.00 %
Homework 30.00 %
Homework #1 (Due end of Week 2) 5.00 %
Homework #2 (Due end of Week 3) 5.00 %
Homework #3 (Due end of Week 4) 5.00 %
Homework #4 (Due end of Week 5) 5.00 %
Homework #5 (Due end of Week 6) 5.00 %
Homework #6 (Due end of Week 7) 5.00 %
Book Title: Satellite Communications, 4th edition
Author: Dennis Roddy
Publication Info: McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9780071462983

Book Title:Satellite Communications, 4th edition
ISBN:9780071462983
Publication Info:McGraw-Hill
Author:Dennis Roddy
Unit Cost:$43.96

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.