COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

ELE5FCM

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this unit students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of communication systems. The unit will focus on the properties of signals and noise, Fourier analysis, linear systems and lossless transmission, linear and exponential modulation techniques, typical communications systems, such as radio broadcasting and transmitters/receivers. Other topics include pulse code modulation, time division multiplexing and frequency division multiplexing. Also included is transmission line theory including distributed circuit analysis, characteristics impedance and sinusoidal waves on transmission lines. The subject will also introduce students to IEEE communications standards an examine global issues an challenges faced by engineers, governments, policy setters and companies/organisations.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSong Wang

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SMELE, SMTNE or LMEM.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving

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

Activities:
Lectures 8 -14 and labs 4-6 study basic principles of linear and non-linear modulation.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Inquiry/ Research

03. Analyse some important modulation techniques in communication systems.

Activities:
Lectures 17-18 and labs 4-6 study the effect on noise of the performance of modulation systems.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs
Creative Problem-solving
Critical Thinking

04. Demonstrate knowledge on the fundamental principles of transmission lines.

Activities:
Lectures 19-20 study the basic principles of transmission lines.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline-specific GCs

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

Activities:
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.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Discipline-specific GCs
Writing

06. Perform a literature review and write an essay to demonstrate a deeper understanding of a fundamental concept in communication systems

Activities:
Essay topics and literature sources will be discussed in lectures. An example of what is expected will also be presented and discussed in lectures.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Writing

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSong Wang

Class requirements

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

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.

Laboratory Class Week: 11 - 22
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Lab (approx 1,500 words)30 02, 03, 05
Assignments (approx 1,000 words)10 01, 03, 06
one 2-hour examination60 01, 02, 03, 04