ELEC4505: Digital Communication Systems (2014 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC4505: Digital Communication Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior Advanced
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Mao, Guoqiang
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: The lecture starts with an overview of major components of a digital communication system and current technology. Then the following knowledge will be covered: efficient coding/representation of information source, channel coding of information to combat noise and interference, optimal received design, principles of incoherent systems, error probability calculations, solutions to problems caused by transmitting a signal through a bandlimited channel and caused by multipath, and spread spectrum systems. The lecture concludes with a discussion of future directions of digital communication systems.
Assumed Knowledge: ELEC3505 Communications
Lecturer/s: Dr Mao, Guoqiang
Timetable: ELEC4505 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 6
3 Laboratory 3.00 1 6
4 Independent Study 5.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorial.

Laboratory: Hardware laboratories with TIMS equipment.

Independent Study: Self study and home study by students

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Design and analysis skills developed in context of communication system implementation. Design (Level 3)
Advanced system level design knowledge of modern communication systems. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Fundamental knowledge of the techniques that underpin modern communication systems. Understanding of fundamental engineering design trade-offs. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
Need to understand and follow lab procedures and conduct experiments under controlled conditions. Need to read and understand the text and the lecture notes. Need to do a significant amount of information search and research for the essay component of assessment. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Advanced research literature based skills in essay writing. Communication (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
1. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of modern modulation and equalization techniques.
2. Proficiency in scoring system design tradeoff issues, by using the various principles, techniques and materials as the drivers for particular case assessment.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
3. Capacity to conduct lab experiments applying knowledge and principles and ensuring quality control in taking measurements to understand the influence of various factors on digital communications.
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of coding concepts, including both source and channel coding.
Communication (Level 2)
5. Ability to describe the concepts and techniques in the design of digital communications systems to the extent of the material presented in the course
Information Seeking (Level 2)
6. Ability to recognise the limits of existing information and undertake knowledge development by drawing upon a range of sources and media formats to synthesise the information most relevant.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Final Exam No 65.00 Exam Period 4, 5,
2 Lab Report Yes 30.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3, 5,
3 Assignment No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4,
Assessment Description: Final Exam: Final Exam

Lab Report: Lab reports

Assignment: Tutorial submissions
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Communication Systems Engineering

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to Wireless Communication Systems
Week 2 Lab 1
Source Coding, Part 1
Week 3 Tutorial 1
Source Coding, Part 2
Week 4 Tutorial 2
Channel Coding, Part 1
Week 5 Channel Coding, Part 2
Lab 2
Week 6 Optimal Receiver Design
Tutorial 3
Week 7 Lab 3
Incoherent Systems, Error Probability Calculations Part 1
Week 8 Tutorial 4
Error Probability Calculations Part 2
Week 9 Lab 4
Transmission Through Bandlimited Channels
Week 10 Tutorial 5
Transmission on Fading Multipath Channels
Week 11 Spread Spectrum Systems
Lab 5
Week 12 Tutorial 6
Telecommunications –The Future?
Week 13 Review Questions
STUVAC (Week 14) Self Study and Exam Preparation
Exam Period Final Exam
Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Computer Engineering 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 13.33%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 44.17%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 42.5%
Design (Level 3) Yes 0%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.