• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2025
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This course aims at providing a clear, concise and practical guide for students to design and develop a real-world digital communication system, based on a 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 standard for the satellite transmission of digital television, and orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), which is acknowledged as a core technique in the wireless cellular 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 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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.

Other Information

Professional Skills Mapping:

Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies

Indicative Assessment

  1. Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Projects (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  3. Final Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Standard workload (approx. 10 hours a week). 3 x 1-hour lectures per week, up to 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week, and approximately 6 hours independent and group-based study per week.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Unit value:
6 units

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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
2309 17 Feb 2025 24 Feb 2025 31 Mar 2025 23 May 2025 In Person N/A

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