- Class Number 5387
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Nan Yang
- AsPr Nan Yang
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
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.
- 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).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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;
- Determine the type and appropriate model of wireless fading channel based on the system parameters and the property of the wireless medium;
- Analyse and design receiver and transmitter diversity techniques;
- Determine the appropriate transceiver design of multi-antenna systems and evaluate the data rate performance;
- Design wireless communication systems with key 3G (e.g., CDMA) and 4G (OFDM) technologies.
- Describe and differentiate four generations of wireless standard for cellular networks.
- Apply research skills to develop a deep understanding on an emerging wireless technology beyond the scope of the lecture materials and critically analyze the recent research outcomes.
During the course, we make connections to state-of-the-art wireless communications technologies and research activities where appropriate. Extensive practice of using Matlab/Simulink to model, design and analyse communication systems gives hand-on experience of simulation-aided theoretical research which is a common practice in
university-based research in the field of communications.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
1. Direct verbal feedback to the course convener and tutors.
2. Written feedback presented in the course Wattle website to address the collected comments and suggestions.
3. Verbal or written feedback on marked assignments and project reports.
4. Indirect feedback through class representative(s) and the Associate Director (Education).
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lecture 1, Lecture 2|
|2||Lecture 3, Lecture 4||Release of Assignment 1|
|3||Lecture 5, Lecture 6, Tutorial 1|
|4||Lecture 7, Lecture 8, Tutorial 2||Release of Assignment 2, Release of Master research project description and topics|
|5||Lecture 9, Lecture 10, Tutorial 3||Release of Master research project papers|
|6||Lecture 11, Lecture 12, Tutorial 4||Release of Simulink project, Master research project topic selection|
|7||Lecture 13, Lecture 14|
|8||Lecture 15, Lecture 16||Release of HLab and CLab manuals|
|9||Lecture 17, Lecture 18, Tutorial 5|
|10||Lecture 19, Lecture 20||HLab, Submission of CLab report|
|11||Lecture 21, Lecture 22, Tutorial 6||Submission of Simulink project report|
|12||Course Review||Oral presentation for Master research project|
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Hardware Lab / Software Lab||3 %||5|
|Mid-semester Exam||20 %||1,2,3,5|
|Simulink Project||15 %||2,3,5|
|Master Research Project||11 %||7|
|Final Exam||45 %||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
PoliciesANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Policy and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
Assessment RequirementsThe ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
There are two examinations in this course, namely, mid-semester examination and final examination.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
There are 2 assignments, each worth 3% of the total mark. Please refer to the course outline document for due dates and cut-off dates. Marked assignments returned
within 2 weeks of due date.
Students should submit assignments online via Wattle. This course does not use Turnitin for assignment submission since it cannot properly handle scanned
handwritten solutions and equations.
1. Submit an electronic copy of the solution as a single PDF file in Wattle, according to the deadline on the due date or cut-off date.
2. Ensure that the assignment coversheet provided in Wattle is used as the front page. Include the student name, student number, and course code (either ENGN4536 or
ENGN6536) on the coversheet.
3. Submission by the due date does not incur any penalty. Late submission prior to the cut-off date is allowed, but at a penalty of 5% of the maximum grade per working
day. No submission is allowed after the cut-off date.
4. For exceptional cases which require extension, the students must contact (email) the course convener before assignment deadline with solid reasons (e.g. medical reasons, family/personal reasons, and/or employment related reasons).
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 5
Hardware Lab / Software Lab
* There is one hardware lab, based on Telecommunications Instructional Modelling System (TIMS), for the students who can attend on-campus educational activities.
* All lab equipment will be provided to students during the lab.
* The lab will be assessed based on the satisfactory completion of tasks as outlined in the lab manual.
* Sign up (via MyTimetable) for ONE of the HLab groups. Students are only allowed to attend the group that they have signed up for. The lab is conducted by a team of two
* Preliminary preparation for the laboratories is essential. The student must read 1) lab manual and 2) lab risk assessment document BEFORE attending the lab.
* There is one software lab, based on Matlab, for the students who cannot attend on-campus hardware lab with solid reason(s).
* The lab manual will be provided to students before Week 10.
* The lab will be assessed based on the satisfactory completion of tasks as outlined in the lab manual.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,5
This is an individual project and a hurdle assessment.
Students are expected to use Matlab and Simulink as the tools to construct a wireless communications system based on lectures on fading channels, receiver diversity,
and multi-carrier systems. Students apply the learnt knowledge to design the system parameters and analyse its performance. This project targets at advanced
knowledge and skills, meeting Level 8 (Bachelor Honours Degree) in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
Please refer to the course outline document for due date.
Each student should submit a written report according to the instructions given in the project description. The student needs to score at least 50% of the marks to be able
to pass this course. This is in accordance with the requirement of AQF Level 8. According to ANU’s Policy: Student assessment (coursework), a result of NCN may only be
awarded if the student fails to score at least 50% of the marks. The student is required to submit a report, as per the following requirements:
1. Submit (i) an electronic copy of the report as a single PDF file and (ii) all the required Matlab/Simulink code as a single zip file, in Wattle, according to the deadline on
the due date. For the report, make sure the assignment coversheet provided in Wattle is used as the front page. Include the student name, student number, and course
code -- ENGN6536 -- on the coversheet.
2. Strictly no late submission is allowed. Any late submission will receive 0 marks. For exceptional cases which require extension, the students must contact (email) the
course convener before assignment deadline with solid reasons (e.g. medical reasons, family/personal reasons, and/or employment related reasons).
Read the project description (to be released in Week 6) and relevant lectures before doing the project. The project is divided into different parts based on different
lectures of the course. It is best to do different parts sequentially. While the project description document contains sufficient information to for the student to get started,
the student is still encouraged to familiarise with Matlab and Simulink by reading external materials (online resources and books) and practicing the basic command and
operations. Matlab and Simulink are typically installed on all computers in the university PC labs.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 7
Master Research Project
Wireless and mobile communication is an emerging and fast-growing field of science and technology and there is no well-defined body of knowledge a student must learn to proficient in wireless communications. The objective of the project is to allow postgraduate students to digest a wide range of emerging topics and techniques in wireless communications that are not directly covered in the lectures. The project is expected to involve a deep study of a specific area of wireless communications as well as the understanding of recent research results in selected scholarly articles. Students form into groups and choose the topic of study from a list proposed by the course convener. Each topic will correspond to a recently developed technique in wireless communications.
Specifically, this project helps:
1. To acquaint students with modern applications and/or theory of wireless and mobile communications.
2. To develop in students the ability to:
a) self-learn and research into new and complex problems;
b) function as an effective team member;
c) communicate project outcomes to the audience; and
d) think critically on emerging techniques.
The project is assessed in the form of an oral presentation by each group, according to the assessment criteria that will be released by Week 6.
1. Students are expected to present to the audience with general knowledge in the area of wireless communications but very limited knowledge of the specific topic of the project.
2. The duration of each student’s presentation is strictly limited.
3. Each group presentation will be followed by additional question and answer session.
4. Each group is required to send the slides, in the format of Microsoft PowerPoint or PDF, to the course convener after the presentation.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
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Students should submit assignments, the simulink project report, and the CLab report (where applicable) online via Wattle. This course does not use Turnitin for assignment submission since it cannot properly handle scanned handwritten solutions and equations.
Submission by the due date does not incur any penalty. Late submission prior to the cut-off date is allowed, but at a penalty of 5% of the maximum grade per working day. No
submission is allowed after the cut-off date.
Simulink project report and CLab report (where applicable):
Please submit the report(s) by the due date. Strictly no late submission is allowed. Any late submission will receive 0 mark.
Referencing RequirementsAccepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Marked assignments and project report(s) are returned within two weeks of the due/cut-off date.
Extensions and PenaltiesExtensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
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Communications theory, signal processing
AsPr Nan Yang
AsPr Nan Yang