ELE4606 Communication Systems
|Semester 2, 2013 External Toowoomba|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Engineering & Surveying|
|School or Department :||Electrical, Electronic & Computing|
|Version produced :||18 April 2014|
Examiner: Wei Xiang
Moderator: John Leis
Pre-requisite: (ELE2504 and ELE2601) or Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: GCEN or GDET or METC or MEPR or MENS
Recommended prior or concurrent study: ELE3506 and ELE4605
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the specialised techniques and components which are common to both analog and digital communication systems. Topics studied include phase locked loops, noise, modulation methods, electromagnetic propagation, antennas and optical fibre communication. The relevance of these topics is illustrated by reference to existing communication systems such as the telephone network, TV, cellular mobile and microwave radio, radio navigation aids, and satellite communication systems. The course is intended for final year electrical degree students, and assumes some knowledge of electromagnetic fields and Maxwell's equations.
The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. On completion of this course, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an awareness of standards such as CCIR and CCITT recommendations;
- calculate the performance of simple communications circuits;
- calculate the propagation characteristics of electromagnetic waves in free space and in the troposphere;
- analyse the performance of simple aerials and aerial arrays;
- analyse the structure and identify the relationship between various subsystems in modern communication systems.
|1.||COMMUNICATION ELECTRONICS Transmitter and receiver architecture, frequency synthesis techniques, mixers, modulators and demodulators.||10.00|
|2.||DIGITAL BASEBAND TRANSMISSION Line codes, spectra, filtering, pulse shaping, eye patterns, PCM.||7.00|
|3.||DIGITAL MODULATION METHODS FSK, PSK, QPSK etc.||7.00|
|4.||NOISE Origins, Noise Figure and Temperature, passive networks, and cascaded networks, low noise devices.||7.00|
|5.||ANTENNAS Simple wire antennas, arrays of identical elements, aperture antennas, Antenna parameters, gain, effective area, aperture taper, spillover, efficiency, polarisation etc.||15.00|
|6.||PROPAGATION In free space, the ionosphere, the troposphere, refraction, reflection, diffraction, polarisation.||7.00|
|7.||EXISTING COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS Television, cellular mobile radio and satellite communication.||40.00|
|8.||OPTICAL COMMUNICATION Types of fibre, propagation, dispersion and loss, light emitting diodes, semi conductor lasers, pin and avalanche detectors, bandwidth. Losses, power budgets and link design.||7.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=02&subject1=ELE4606)
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- There are no texts or materials required for this course.
Haykin, S 1988, Digital Communications, John Wiley, New York.
Kraus, JD and Fleisch, DA 1999, Electromagnetics with applications, 5th edn, McGraw Hill, Boston.
(International Edition. Also text for ELE4605 Fields and Waves.)
Student workload requirements
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|ASSIGNMENT 1||200||20||23 Aug 2013|
|ASSIGNMENT 2||200||20||27 Sep 2013|
|2 HOUR CLOSED EXAMINATION||600||60||End S2||(see note 1)|
- Student Administration will advise students of the dates of their examinations during the semester.
Important assessment information
There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
(i) To complete each of the assignments satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for each assignment. (ii) To complete the examination satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available (or at least a grade of C-) for the examination.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade in a course a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks for the course.
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the examination period at the end of the semester of the next offering of this course.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.
Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if required by the Examiner.
In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.
If electronic submission of assessments is specified for the course, students will be notified of this in the course Introductory Book and on the USQ Study Desk. All required electronic submission must be made through the Assignment Drop Box located on the USQ Study Desk for the course, unless directed otherwise by the examiner of the course. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).
If the method of assessment submission is by written, typed or printed paper-based media students should (i) submit to the Faculty Office for students enrolled in the course in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail to the USQ for students enrolled in the course in the external mode. The due date for the assessment is the date by which a student must (i) submit the assessment for students enrolled in the on-campus mode, or (ii) mail the assessment for students enrolled in the external mode.
The Faculty will NOT normally accept submission of assessments by facsimile or email.
Students who do not have regular access to postal services for the submission of paper-based assessments, or regular access to Internet services for electronic submission, or are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements prior to the submission date.
Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in a course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of a course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded one of the temporary grades: IM (Incomplete - Make up), IS (Incomplete - Supplementary Examination) or ISM (Incomplete -Supplementary Examination and Make up). A temporary grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.
Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or to sit for an examination at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).
A minimum standard of communication skills must be demonstrated in order for a passing grade to be achieved.
Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.