• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Photonics, Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Nan Yang
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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  • STEM Course

In Sem 2 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participation due to unavoidable COVID constraints.

This course provides a comprehensive overview and advanced knowledge of modern mobile and wireless communication systems. Building on the prior knowledge on digital communications, students develop further understanding on the challenges and opportunities brought by the wireless medium in designing current and future wireless communication systems and networks.

Topics include:

  • Overview of digital wireless communications and cellular concept;
  • Interference and traffic analysis for cellular networks;
  • Wireless fading channel modelling and characterisation;
  • Modulation and detection performance over fading channels;
  • Equalisation techniques;
  • Multi-carrier systems;
  • Spread spectrum techniques;
  • Receiver and transmitter diversity techniques;
  • Information theory of wireless channels;
  • Multiple antenna systems and space-time communications;
  • Cooperative communications;
  • Standards of wireless cellular networks (e.g. 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G and beyond).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply cellular concepts to evaluate the signal reception performance in a cellular network and traffic analysis to design cellular network with given quality of service constraints.
  2. Determine the type and appropriate model of wireless fading channel based on the system parameters and the property of the wireless medium.
  3. Analyse and design receiver and transmitter diversity techniques.
  4. Determine the appropriate transceiver design of multi-antenna systems and evaluate the data rate performance.
  5. Design wireless communication systems with key 3G (e.g., CDMA) and 4G (OFDM) technologies.
  6. Describe and differentiate four generations of wireless standard for cellular networks.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (12) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Hardware Labs (3) [LO 5]
  3. Simulink Project (20) [LO 2,3,5]
  4. Mid-semester exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  5. Final Exam (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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10 hours/week including the following formal contact hours for the whole semester: 24 x 2-hour lectures, 6 x 1-hour tutorials, 1 x 3-hour hardware laboratory. Apart from these, approximately 5 hours per week is required for independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN3226. Incompatible with ENGN6536

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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4740
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5386 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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