• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Work Integrated Learning Projects
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2025
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  • STEM Course
  • Graduate Attributes
    • Critical Thinking

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 communications;
  • 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 and critically evaluate wireless communication systems with key 4G and 5G (e.g. ODFM) technologies.
  6. Describe and differentiate four generations of wireless standard for cellular networks.

Work Integrated Learning


You will undertake projects in this course, based on your prior knowledge on digital communications, to develop further understanding on the challenges and opportunities brought by the wireless medium in designing current and future wireless communication 

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (21) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Hardware Labs (9) [LO 5]
  3. AI Mini Project (10) [LO 2,4,5]
  4. Simulink Project (20) [LO 2,3,5]
  5. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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A standard workload of 130 hours over the semester including the following formal working hours for the entire semester: 24 x 2-hour lectures, 6 x 1-hour tutorials, 1 x 2-hour hardware laboratory, and 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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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7222 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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