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ENEE13022 Communication Networks
Communication Networks
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General Information


In this unit, you will gain experience in designing, communication systems and networks. You will be introduced to the 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 be introduced to the concepts of data communication and local area network. This unit will provide you with opportunities to further develop communication skills through collaborative teamwork and participation in class discussions. Furthermore, the unit aims to promote the UN sustainable development Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation by developing an understanding of how to build resilient and sustainable communication systems to support industrial innovation.


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 - 2023


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: 30%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
4. Project (applied)
Weighting: 30%

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 Unit Survey


The design assignment is open-ended and therefore the expectation could be a bit vague.


Provide an assessment rubrics and marking sheet for the design assignment to clearly show assessment expectations.

Feedback from Unit Survey


Online quizzes seem to be more difficult than they should have been.


Redesigning the online quizzes to have a range of questions with various levels of difficulty.

Feedback from Unit Coordinator's observation


Long videos of learning sessions are challenging for distant students to use and less accessible and effective for their learning.


Checking the materials to modules and breaking the lectures and tutorials into shorter videos.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explore the fundamental concepts and principles of communications systems, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks, and error control mechanisms
  2. Explain the operation of modern communications network devices and systems
  3. Apply mathematical analysis techniques to solve telecommunication systems problems
  4. Design simple communication systems and networks using appropriate analytical tools
  5. Evaluate the performance of communication systems and networks
  6. Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs, and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams, and symbols that conform to Australian Standards.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities, and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 1N 3N 5N )

1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 3I 5I )
3.3 Creative, innovative, and proactive demeanor. (LO: 5I )

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A )
1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 3A 5I )
1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1A 2A 3A 4A 5A )
1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 4A 5A )
2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem-solving. (LO: 3A 5A )
2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools, and resources. (LO: 3A 5A )
2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 5A )
3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 6A 7I )
3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 2A 4A 5I )

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate, and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course-level mapping information

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
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
2 - Written Assessment - 20%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Project (applied) - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures
Textbooks and Resources



Data and Computer Communications, International Edition, 10th edition

Edition: 10 (2015)
Authors: William Stallings
ISBN: 9781292014395
Binding: eBook

Electronic Communications: A Systems Approach

Edition: 1 (2014)
Authors: Jeffrey S. Beasley, Jonathan D. Hymer, and Gary M. Miller
ISBN: 9780133109283
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

Textbooks can be accessed online at the CQUniversity Library website. If you prefer your own copy, you can purchase either paper or eBook versions at 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
  • Microsft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Zoom Capacity (microphone required, webcam preferred if possible)
Academic Integrity Statement

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