CQUniversity Unit Profile
ENEE13022 Communication Systems
Communication Systems
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General Information

Overview

In this unit, you will gain hands-on experience in designing, dimensioning and simulating industrial data communication networks. You will be introduced to relevant communication principles and techniques, common signal transmission media, transmission mechanisms and modes and signal processing techniques used in communication systems. You will apply mathematical analysis techniques to study different telecommunications systems and their applications. You will also be introduced to different communication standards and protocols commonly used in industrial communication and automation systems. This unit will also provide you with opportunities to further develop communication skills through collaborative team work and individual presentations.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 3
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre requisites: (ENEE13018 Analogue Electronics AND ENEE13020 Digital Electronics) OR ENEX12002 Introductory Electronics

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2020

Bundaberg
Cairns
Gladstone
Mackay
Online
Rockhampton

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Practical and Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from emails, unit evaluation

Feedback

Decimal error margins in some quiz questions were too narrow.

Recommendation

Review the error boundaries in quiz questions. Provide information for students not to approximate on intermediate steps.

Feedback from unit evaluation

Feedback

Some assessment questions were hard and required new knowledge.

Recommendation

Continue to educate the students about the need to do research to solve some problems. Develop more tutorial problems addressing different topics.

Feedback from unit evaluation

Feedback

Lecturer responded quickly to student queries.

Recommendation

This practice will continue.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms
  2. Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems
  3. Apply and explain the use of mathematical analysis techniques in the study of telecommunication systems
  4. Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments
  5. Design simple communication networks using appropriate software tools
  6. Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards
  7. Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs

The learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities.

You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course website.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Practical and Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Practical and Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Data and Computer Communications 10th edition (International Edition) (2014)

Authors: William Stallings
Pearson Education
ISBN: 9781292014388
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Copies can be purchased from the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • eBooks from the CQUniversity Library
  • Online Resources from Library
  • Online Resources as specified on Moodle
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Aruna Jayasuriya Unit Coordinator
a.jayasuriya@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Amplitude Modulation

Chapter

CRO

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Frequency Modulation

Chapter

CRO

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Data Transmission Techniques

Chapter

3, 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Mar 2020

Module/Topic

Signal Encoding, Error Detection and Correction

Chapter

5, 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz 1 due Friday 11:55 pm AEST

Week 5 Begin Date: 06 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Data Communication Networks and the Internet

Chapter

1, 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 13 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Transport Layer

Chapter

15, 20

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 Due: Week 6 Monday (20 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 27 Apr 2020

Module/Topic

Network Layer

Chapter

14, 19, 21

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz 2 due Friday 11:45 PM AEST

Week 8 Begin Date: 04 May 2020

Module/Topic

Data Link Layer

Chapter

7, 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 11 May 2020

Module/Topic

Local Area Networks

Chapter

11, 23

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 18 May 2020

Module/Topic

Ethernet

Chapter

12

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online Quiz 3 due Friday 11:45 PM AEST

Week 11 Begin Date: 25 May 2020

Module/Topic

Wireless LANs and Mobile Networks

Chapter

13,10

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 01 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Networked Control Systems

Chapter

Online Resources as specified on Moodle

Events and Submissions/Topic

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 08 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 Due: Review/Exam Week Monday (8 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Jun 2020

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Design Assessment Due: Exam Week Monday (15 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz(zes)

Task Description

The assessment is a set of 3 online quizzes which can be accessed via the unit Moodle site. A set of multiple choice and calculation questions is assigned for each week. The quizzes are an integrated part of the study to test on the key concepts of each topic. Although the quizzes don't have a set time to complete, the suggested time for each quiz is provided at the start of the quiz and you should try to complete the quiz in that time. Students are strongly advised to sufficiently cover the material related to each quiz before starting the quiz.

Each quiz can be attempted several times, but the score for the quiz will be the score for your first attempt. In your different attempts you will be receive different problems as the system randomly select the problems from a set of problems specified for each question. Correct answer for the quiz questions will be available immediately after you submit your answers.

If you encounter any network access issues during the quiz, the unit coordinator should be notified at your earliest convenient.


Number of Quizzes

3


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Friday weeks 4, 7, 10 11:59 pm


Return Date to Students

Results are available immediately after the completion of each quiz.


Weighting
20%

Minimum mark or grade
50% of the total quiz marks

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms
  • Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems
  • Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 1

Task Description

This assessment item covers the topics 1-5. The assignment questions will be released on the unit website at least 3 weeks before the assignment must be submitted for assessment. It is not expected that students will type up equations and calculations. Students can scan clear and legible hand written calculations for online submission.


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Monday (20 Apr 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Within 2 weeks after the due date


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  • Correct answers;
  • Correct format;
  • All workings must be shown to obtain marks;
  • Assignment must be neat, tidy and legible;
  • All questions must be attempted.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
PDF is the preferred submission format

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms
  • Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems
  • Apply and explain the use of mathematical analysis techniques in the study of telecommunication systems
  • Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments
  • Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards
  • Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Assignment 2

Task Description

This assessment item covers the topics 6-11. The assignment questions will be released on the unit website at least 3 weeks before the assignment must be submitted for assessment. It is not expected that students will type up equations and calculations. Students can scan clear and legible hand written calculations for online submission.


Assessment Due Date

Review/Exam Week Monday (8 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Within 2 weeks after the due date


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  • Correct answers;
  • Correct format;
  • All workings must be shown to obtain marks;
  • Assignment must be neat, tidy and legible;
  • All questions must be attempted.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
PDF is the preferred submission format

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms
  • Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems
  • Apply and explain the use of mathematical analysis techniques in the study of telecommunication systems
  • Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments
  • Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards
  • Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence

4 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Design Assessment

Task Description

In this assessment you are required to design a network to satisfy a set of given communication requirements. You will be presenting your design using a project report. The minimum components required in the project report are:

  • Requirement analysis
  • Literature review
  • Overall network architecture
  • Designing/dimensioning the network components
  • Justification for choices made

More information about the assessment will be available from the unit Moodle site at the start of the term.


Assessment Due Date

Exam Week Monday (15 Jun 2020) 11:45 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Within 2 weeks after the due date


Weighting
40%

Minimum mark or grade
50% of the allocated marks for the assessment

Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  • Correct design methodology;
  • Correctness and clarity of technical details;
  • Justification of methods used and choices made;
  • Ability to gather and evaluate authoritative information and proper use of references;
  • Where relevant, all workings must be shown to obtain marks;
  • Assignment must be neat, tidy and legible;

More details about assessment criteria will be available from the unit Moodle site.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
PDF is the preferred submission format

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms
  • Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems
  • Apply and explain the use of mathematical analysis techniques in the study of telecommunication systems
  • Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments
  • Design simple communication networks using appropriate software tools
  • Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards
  • Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Team Work
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

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As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

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