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ELEC5510: Satellite Communication Systems (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5510: Satellite Communication Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Vucetic, Branka
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://elearning.sydney.edu.au
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: Satellite communication systems provide fixed and mobile communication services over very large areas of land, sea and air. This unit presents the fundamental knowledge and skills in the analysis and design of such systems. It introduces students to the broad spectrum of satellite communications and its position in the entire telecommunications network; helps students to develop awareness of the key factors affecting a good satellite communications system and theoretical and practical skills in the design of a satellite communications link.

Topic areas include: satellite communication link design; propagation effects and their impact on satellite performance; satellite antennas; digital modem design, speech codec design; error control for digital satellite links.
Assumed Knowledge: Knowledge of error probabilities, analog and digital modulation techniques and error performance evaluation studied in ELEC3505 Communications and ELEC4505 Digital Communication Systems, is assumed.
Tutor/s: Qiong Zhao
Timetable: ELEC5510 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Independent Study 5.00 13
3 Site Visit 3.00 1 1
4 Project Work - own time 5.00 7
5 Tutorial 1.00 1 13
6 Laboratory 3.00 1 1
T&L Activities: Site Visit: The visit is organized to gain some practical aspects in Fixed and Mobile Satellite Services.

Laboratory: The RF Simulink Lab is designed to observe the performance of a satellite system.

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
Use engineering fundamental topics along with the basics of science and mathematics to solve specific subject related problems. Simulation based laboratory practice, tutorials and project design require critical thinking and problem solving. Design (Level 4)
Understanding of basic modulation and coding schemes and the analysis of their performance. Appreciation of their applications in satellite communications. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
An appreciation of the various forms of information within the engineering discipline including technical books and reports, research articles, customer requirements and industry standards. These attributes are acquired through the project work and laboratory/tutorials. Information Seeking (Level 2)
Communicate in a concise and clear manner, ideas, concepts and solutions to both technical and non technical audiences.

These skills are taught in lectures, tutorials and the project and exercised in the project report as well as the oral project presentation.
Communication (Level 2)
Effective collaboration within a team and an appreciation of the importance of various team roles. These abilities are taught in the laboratory/tutorials and through project work. Project and Team Skills (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.

Design (Level 4)
1. Ability to design satellite communication systems using both a creative and systematic approach applying concepts and principles developed to solve a particular engineering need.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Ability to analyse modulation and coding schemes in satellite communication systems using principles and techniques developed throughout the course.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
3. Ability to differentiate and categorise knowledge from various teaching methods such as field trips, group work and open literature, synthesising the most viable and pertinent information as part of inquiry and knowledge development.
Communication (Level 2)
4. Ability to communicate information concisely and accurately within the context of the group project report and oral presentation. Hence, the ability to entertain the attention and interest of technical and non-technical audiences in the subject matter.
Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
5. Ability to work in a team, taking on the responsibility of a particular role, exercising initiative by contributing, while also drawing on the specific knowledge and skills of other members, so as to achieve an agreed-on solution to a specific engineering problem.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Report No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 4,
2 Project Yes 25.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
3 Final Exam No 70.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4,
Assessment Description: Report: Tutorial

Project: Group project

Final Exam: Exam
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.
Online Course Content: http://elearning.sydney.edu.au

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
Week 2 Transponder characteristics, modulation and filtering
Week 3 Satellite link design
Week 4 Link budget
Week 5 Propagation and channel models
Week 6 Error control coding
Week 7 Error control coding
Week 8 Speech coding
Week 9 Speech coding
Week 10 Antennas
Week 11 Field trip
Week 12 Modem design
Assessment Due: Project
Week 13 Modem design, project presentation
STUVAC (Week 14) Independent study
Exam Period End of semester 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
Master of Engineering (Wireless) 2012
Computer Engineering 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
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 (Bioelectronics) / Law 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 (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2015
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2015
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Network) 2012
Master of Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Master of Information Technology 2015
Master of Information Technology Management 2015
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications) 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Wireless) 2010, 2011, 2012
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 24.17%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 24.17%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 22.5%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 24.17%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) Yes 5%

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.