MODULE DETAILS

Module 10: Terrestrial Microwave and Satellite Communications

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (48 hours total time commitment)

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

MODULE PURPOSE

This module covers the theory and application of wireless (microwave) communication technologies as used widely in the mining Industry, especially those in the unlicensed ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) bands.

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

1.    Examine and discuss the basics of wireless communications

2.    Design a terrestrial microwave link

3.    Examine and discuss terrestrial applications of microwave communications

4.    Examine and discuss the basics of satellite systems



Learning Outcome 1

Examine and discuss the basics of wireless communications

Assessment Criteria

1.1

Examine and discuss the frequency bands use for wireless communications, and the associated propagation method for each

1.2

Describe the basics of DSSS and FHSS

1.3

Discuss the concept of UWB

1.4

Discuss the basic modulation methods and their adaptation to transmit digital information



Learning Outcome 2

Design a terrestrial microwave link

Assessment Criteria

2.1

Design a terrestrial microwave link for a given availability

2.2

Assess the legal implications of the EIRP obtained in the design


Learning Outcome 3

Examine and discuss terrestrial applications of microwave communications

Assessment Criteria

3.1

Discuss the antenna requirements for PtP and PtMP topologies

3.2

Examine and discuss the hardware required for terrestrial microwave applications

3.3

Discuss the use of terrestrial microwave for:

(a) telemetry in general

(b) in specific mining applications


Learning Outcome 4

Examine and discuss the basics of satellite systems

Assessment Criteria

4.1

Describe the basics of satellite communications

4.2

Describe the basics of VSAT operation

4.3

Discuss the use of satellite in:

(a) telemetry

(b) tracking

(c) communications

(d) mining



Delivery mode

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

Software/Hardware Used

Software

  • Excel

Hardware

  •  N/A