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 tele traffic, traffic distribution and management are also covered. The subject is heavily focused on practical communications engineering and include s 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 .

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEddie Custovic

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in SMTNE or have completed ELE3CMN


Incompatible subjectsELE5PMC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Introduction to wireless and mobile systems

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorDharma P. Agrawal and Qing-An Zeng


Edition/Volume2ND EDN



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe advanced techniques in modern communication systems
02. Model and analyse communication channels in cellular communication systems
03. Use communication systems modelling and analysis tools such as MATLAB to simulate the MIMO and OFDM wireless communication standards.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEddie Custovic

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 32 - 43
One 2.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 32 - 43
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One 2-hour examination Hurdle requirement: To pass the subject, a minimum 40% mark in the examination is mandatory.N/AN/AN/AYes50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
One major assignment (approx 500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3
8 x Labs (approx 200 words each)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO3
Project (1000 words)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3