Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will focus on advanced radio-based communication systems including the study of mobile radio communication systems, the evolution of mobile communications from 1G to 4G networks and some radar system fundamentals. Students will learn important concepts in the design of radio networks including link budgets, propagation path losses, transmitter/receiver parameters, antenna theory and application. Concepts such as teletraffic, traffic distribution and management are also covered. The subject is heavily focused on practical communications engineering and includes a minor project which enables students to design, manufacture and test antenna systems. The unit also examines global challenges around frequency spectrum allocation and sustainable practice for communications systems.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEddie Custovic

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites ELE3CMN


Incompatible subjects ELE5PMC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to wireless and mobile systems,PrescribedDharma, P., Agrawal and Qing-An Zeng,2ND EDN, THOMSON, 2006.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe advanced techniques in modern communication systems

The first few lectures provide a background of radio communication systems, propagation environments, traffic theory, traffic assignment methods in telecommunication systems, describe cellular mobile communications and demonstrate the application of traffic assignment.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

02. Model and analyse communication channels in cellular communication systems

Advanced techniques for estimating the properties of communication channels are described in Lectures. Lectures also give detailed examples of major advanced communication systems including GSM, 3G cellular network, GPS and satellites. The various communication systems are simulated, compared and contrasted in labs.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline-specific GCs
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

03. Use communication systems modelling and analysis tools such as Matlab to simulate the MIMO and OFDM wireless communication standards.

The last few lectures and labs cover OFDM and MIMO system and provide further insight into methods for measuring radio waves and overcoming the effects of radio channels on radio waves.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline-specific GCs
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEddie Custovic

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 32 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 2-hour examinationHurdle requirement: To pass the subject, a minimum 40% mark in the examination is mandatory.50 01, 02, 03
One major assignment (approx 500 words)10 01, 02, 03
8 x Labs (approx 200 words each)20 02, 03
Project (1000 words)20 01, 02, 03