Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of communication systems. The subject will focus on the properties of signals and noise, Fourier analysis, linear systems and lossless transmission, modulation techniques, typical communications systems, such as radio broadcasting and transmitters/receivers. Other topics include error correction code, time division multiplexing and frequency division multiplexing. The subject will also introduce students to IEEE communications standards and the state-of-the-art communication systems, and challenges faced by engineers, governments, policy setters and companies/organisations

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorBo Liu

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ELE2CIR and MAT2LAL


Incompatible subjects ELE5FCM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsAn introduction to analogue and digital communicationsRecommendedHaykin, S 20072ND EDN, WILEY
ReadingsCommunications systemsRecommendedHaykin, S 20004TH EDN, WILEY

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply the necessary analytical tools (Fourier analysis, linear systems concepts) in the study of modern communication systems.

Lectures 2-7 are on analytical techniques for the study of communication systems. Lectures 15-17 are on techniques to characterise noise such as power spectral density. These techniques are also practised in labs 1-3.

02. Demonstrate knowledge on the fundamental principles of communication such as modulation, noise and sampling.

Lectures 8 -14 and labs 4-6 study basic principles of linear and non-linear modulation.

03. Analyse some important modulation techniques in communication systems.

Lectures 17-18 and labs 4-6 study the effect on noise of the performance of modulation systems.

04. Demonstrate knowledge on the fundamental principles of error correction code.

Lectures 19-20 study the basic principles of error correction code.

05. Simulate basic communication systems under varying conditions using computer and report on performance.

Students simulate various communication system scenarios with different parameters using the software Matlab in the laboratory. Written reports that discuss the effect of varying the parameters are required.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorBo Liu

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
4 x Assignments (approx. 500 words equivalent total)10 01, 03
8 x Laboratory reports (approx. 1500 words equivalent total)30 02, 03, 05
One 2-hour examination60 01, 02, 03, 04