UCL Summer School: From Phones, to Smartphones, to the Internet of Things

University College London

This module will provide students with a taste of modern day electronics and communications technologies, including the Internet of Things. The inner workings of the everyday smartphone will be used as a vehicle to describe the underlying scientific principles and engineering practices.

Specifically, the aims of the module are:

  • To provide an informative treatment of the architecture of a smartphone including the technologies and techniques used to transmit signals between different locations
  • To introduce students to the concepts and physical principles required to develop these technologies and techniques
  • To deliver a basic understanding of key topics in electronic engineering, such as devices, circuits, systems and signal processing
  • To offer insights into the emerging theme of the Internet of Things
  • To give an introduction to the challenges encountered in the world of high-tech business


    Learning outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

    • Understand the fundamental principles of electronic engineering
    • Have gained knowledge of a modern day smartphone’s system architecture
    • Comprehend the technologies and techniques used to build smartphones and transmit signals
    • Realise that the underlying concepts of smartphones and communication networks may be extended and applied to other areas, such as the Internet of Things.

    Module prerequisites

    This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in technology and in particular, mobile communications. Students with a background in technical subjects, such as maths, physics, electronics or computing, are likely to benefit the most from this module.

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