Telemetering Systems
Spring 2013
Elective for ECE
Catalog Data: 


Graduate Course Information


ECE 485D/585D - Telemetering Systems

Credits: 3.00

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UA Catalog Description:

Course Schedule:

Lecture:  150 minutes/week

Laboratory:  None

Course Assessment:

Homework:  8 – 10 assignments

Project:  1 project (for 585D)

Exams:  2 Midterm Exams, 1 Final Exam

Grading Policy:

Typically: 50% Midterms,

                30% Final Exam,

                20% Homework/Projects,

Note: For graduate students, a project will count for ¼ of the homework/projects grade (i.e., 5% of overall grade).  Graduate student grades and undergraduate student grades will be considered separately.

Course Summary:

Sensor technology, sampling, quantization, and data encoding. Data structures and formats, telemetry frames and packets, frame and packet synchronization, and command systems. Digital modulation techniques, bit error rates, spectrum utilization, antenna basics, and radio wave propagation effects.  Graduate-level requirements include a research report on a topic selected from the course material.

May be convened with: ECE 485D. 


ECE 340, ECE 381, SIE 305; Concurrent registration, or ECE 435.

Introduction to PCM Telemetering Systems, 2nd Ed. by Stephen Horan, CRC Press, 2002

Course Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, the student will be able to recognize and work with:

  1. Sensor technology
  2. Sampling, quantization, and data encoding
  3. Data structures and formats
  4. Telemetry frames and packets
  5. Frame and packet synchronization, and command systems Digital modulation techniques
  6. Bit error rates
  7. Spectrum utilization
  8. Antenna basics
  9. Radio wave propagation effects
Course Topics: 

1.     Introduction to Telemetering Systems.

2.     Sensor Technology.

3.     Modeling and Calibration.

4.     Computer Systems.

5.     Signal Processing.

6.     Telemetry Frames and Packets.

7.     Telemetry Data Synchronization.

8.     Time and Position Determination.

9.     Command Systems.

10.  Modulation Techniques.

11.  Microwave Transmission.

Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Three 50-minute lecture sessions per week.
Approximately eight homework problem sets during semester.
Two in-class examinations plus a final examination.

Relationship to Student Outcomes: 

a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (Medium)
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints 
    such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and 
    sustainability (Medium)
d) an ability to function on multi-disciplinary terms (Medium)
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (Medium)
f)  an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility (Low)
g) an ability to communicate effectively (Medium)
i)  a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning (Low)
j)  a knowledge of contemporary issues (Low)
k)  an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. (High)

Prepared by: 
Dr. Michael Marcellin
Prepared Date: 
April 2013

University of Arizona College of Engineering