• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nan Yang
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course provides a clear, concise, and practical guide for students to design and develop a real-world digital communication system based on a state-of-the-art digital communications standard named Digital Video Broadcasting – Second Generation Terrestrial (DVB-T2). Specifically, this course offers students a range of opportunities to apply their communications engineering knowledge and skills in an integral way to deeply understand and develop advanced coding and signal processing techniques. The exemplary techniques include low-density-parity-check (LDPC) codes, which serve as the key error correcting codes in the new standard for the satellite transmission of digital television, and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), which is acknowledged as a core technique in the 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standard. MATLAB will be used in the course as a software tool for system implementation and evaluation.

Topics include:
•         Overview of contemporary digital communication systems;
•         Overview of DVB-T2;
•         Overview of practical wireless channel models and their impacts on signal processing;
•         Overview of finite field error control coding;
•         Bose-Chaudhuri-Hocquenghem (BCH) code;
•         Low-density-parity-check (LDPC) code;
•         Bit interleaved coded modulation (BICM) techniques;
•         Orthogonal-frequency-division-multiplexing (OFDM) modulation and demodulation;
•         OFDM time and frequency synchronization techniques;
•         OFDM channel estimation techniques;
•         OFDM peak-to-average-power-ratio (PAPR) reduction techniques;
•         Special DVB-T2 preamble signals

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

·         Completely describe the physical layer transceiver of DVB-T2;

·         Identify the properties of wireless channels and characterise their impact on coding and signal processing;

·         Explain the principles and benefits of BICM techniques;

·         Apply appropriate BCH and LDPC codes to channels with various characteristics;

·         Illustrate the causes and effects of different OFDM signal offsets;

·         Implement and evaluate basic OFDM synchronisation and channel estimation techniques;

·         Use MATLAB for implementing basic channel coding and signal processing techniques.

Indicative Assessment

Project 1           20%

Project 2           35%

Project 3           35%

Attendance       10%

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering.

Prescribed Texts

Primary references:

·         DVB-T2 standard

·         DVB-T2 implementation guidelines

Suggested reading materials:

·         S. Lin and D. J. Castello, Error Control Coding (2nd Edition)

·         A. Goldsmith, Wireless Communications

·         M. Yu, A Study of DVB-T2 Standard with Physical-layer Transceiver Design and Implementation, M.E. Thesis.

Assumed Knowledge

·         ENGN2228 Signal Processing or equivalent

·         ENGN3226 Digital Communications or equivalent

·         ENGN4536 Wireless Communications or equivalent

·         Fundamental knowledge of information theory (e.g., ENGN8534) and probability and statistics (e.g., ENGN8538)


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3840 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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