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 .

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarrell Elton

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SMELE or SMTNE or LMEM or SMENE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically evaluate analytical tools in modern communication systems to ensure appropriate standards.
02. Apply problem solving techniques to solve real world communication systems problems.
03. Simulate, analyse, evaluate complex communication systems using MATLAB.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarrell Elton

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 11 - 22
One 3.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Lab (equiv 1,500 words)N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO2, SILO3
Assignments (equiv 1,000 words)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO3
One 2-hour examinationN/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3