• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials 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 2019
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This course will guide students to develop a real-world digital communication system based on a state-of-the-art digital communication standard called DVB-T2. This course provides students the opportunities to apply their engineering knowledge and skills in an integral way to deeply understand and develop advanced coding and signal processing techniques. One such technique is OFDM, the core technique in 4G LTE. MATLAB will be used in the course to implement and evaluate the system.

Topics include:

  • Overview of contemporary digital communication systems

  • Overview of 2nd generation of Digital Video Broadcast – Terrestrial (DVB-T2) 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 this course, students should be able to:
  1. Apply the specialised knowledge in wireless communications theory and signal processing to design the transmitter and receiver for the state-of-the-art digital communication standard named DVB-T2.
  2. Build a comprehensive and integrated understanding of the underlying principle behind different modules of DVB-T2, such as modulation, channel coding, and multiple-carrier transmission, and their relationships.
  3. Identify and characterise the impact of different wireless channel models on the system performance achieved by certain coding schemes and signal processing algorithms.
  4. Apply appropriate BCH coding technique and LDPC coding technique to design transmitter and receiver and critically assess the achieved performance with different wireless channel models.
  5. Understand the fundamentals of OFDM, analyse and interpret the symbol timing and carrier frequency offset of OFDM signals, and evaluate its effect on the DVB-T2 system.
  6. Implement OFDM synchronisation and channel estimation techniques into the designed system and critically examine the system performance in realistic engineering scenarios.
  7. Plan, execute and report on a group-based project and communicate professionally and effectively in written form about the obtained outcomes.
Professional Skills Mapping
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Project 1           30%
  2. Project 2           30%
  3. Project 3           40%

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Standard workload (approx. 10 hours a week). 2 lectures (1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour lecture) per week, up to 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week, and approximately 6 hours independent and group-based study per week.

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
2019 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5700
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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
3259 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

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