This unit has been designed to enable students to acquire specialised skills and expertise in the telecommunications field; specifically wireless and fixed network engineering. The unit will enable students to acquire theoretical knowledge, practical and critical analysis skills and apply these to research and complex technological problem solving scenarios. The unit will also enhance students' communication skills and other professional capabilities. The unit aims to alleviate and support employment demand in the telecommunications industry within Australia and overseas. Particular emphasis will be on telecommunication technologies and infrastructure for broadband wireless and optically connected broadband networks. The unit takes into account the current growth drivers of the global telecommunications industry.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Integrate the theoretical concepts of a communication channel and the principles of digital communication systems in collaboratively planning and designing complex communication systems with accountability for personal and team outcomes;  
  2. Determine optimum signal link paths using Maxwell's equations including taking into account propagation mechanisms;  
  3. Prescribe antenna solutions to specified requirements and contexts with initiative and judgement;  
  4. Develop and modify propagation models for wireless communication links as well as design terrestrial and satellite links for a range of situations;  
  5. Conceptually map cellular network designs with creativity and technical skill;  
  6. Employ MatLab commands and Simulink to analyse and interpret communication systems; and  
  7. Interpret and use data generated by communication network elements to optimise performance.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Two Laboratory Team Reports (1500 words each) 20%
Test Mid-Semester Test (1 hour) 30%
Examination End-of-Semester Examination (3 hours) 50%

Required reading

There are a number of other textbooks that can be used in conjunction with the required text below. Some of these texts are available online by subscription. Students please check with the Main library. Many other sources of important information are available

Principles of Communication 7th ed.
Zimmer, R. & Tranter, W. (2014)

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