Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will survey the fundamental principles of communication systems. The subject will focus on the properties of noise, frequency/time domain analysis, modulation and signal encoding techniques, communication security and communication integrity. You research and interact with a physical and protocol layer, several modern communication systems including WiFi, Ethernet, MQTT, and Industrial Serial standards.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRobert Ross

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures for this subject are provided online. Laboratories, which involve problem solving and analysis are conducted face to face. Weekly online problem-based learning workshops use an active learning approach where students engage in peer learning.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SMELE or SMTNE or LMEM or SMENE or TM001


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

Learning resources

Principles of Electronic Communication

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorLouis Frenzel


Edition/Volume4th Edition

PublisherMcGraw Hill


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

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply the relevant analytical tools and simulations in the study of modern communication systems.
02. Accurately apply fundamental communications engineering terminology (e.g. signal, noise, and protocols).
03. Analyse relevant signal modulation techniques and communication protocols.
04. Analyse and decrypt data sent across a communications channel.
05. Survey and research communications systems technologies for given system requirements.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarrell Elton

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.
Asynchronous recorded lectures

WorkShopWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via video conference.
Active Learning Problem Solving Quizzes via Zoom


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2 Hour Written Exam (2000 Words)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Two Online Quizzes (2x 20 minutes, 500 words equivalent)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Three written assignments (1500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO5

Two Group Educational Escape Room Problem Solving Exercises (500 Words)

N/AOtherGroupNo10 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4

Demonstration of Laboratory Design Tasks (1000 Words)

N/APractical demonstrationGroupNo15 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4