ENEE13022 - Communication Systems

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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 teamwork and individual presentations.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 1 - 2022 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Report 40%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.1 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 57.14% response rate.

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.

Source: Unit coordinator reflections
Review the unit content and identify opportunities for sharing resources with the optical communication unit.
Work with the communication teaching team to review the content of two units and identify modules/topics that can be shared between the two units
Action Taken
The opportunity to share content with the postgraduate communications unit was identified. This was not implemented this term due to the last minute changing of the teaching team.
Source: Have Your Say
Students found the design assessment challenging and interesting.
Design assessment will be kept in future offerings
Action Taken
The design assessment was updated but remained open-ended to provide opportunities for independent learning and problem-solving.
Source: Unit Coordinator's reflection
Review the unit content and identify opportunities for sharing resources with the advanced communications systems unit.
Restructure the unit's content to incorporate wireless and optical communications' content.
Action Taken
Source: Unit's survey
The design assignment was challenging and provides a good learning activity, but it is too open and thus it is a bit more guesswork.
The design assessment provides an authentic assessment and an opportunity for applying concepts learned in this unit. It therefore will be retained and structured better to remove unnecessary assumptions made.
Action Taken
Source: Unit's survey
Lecture slides feel crowded having a lot of concepts covered at one time.
Improve the lecture slides to have a single concept per slide.
Action Taken
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 mathematical analysis techniques to solve telecommunication systems problems
  4. Evaluate the data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments
  5. Design simple communication networks using appropriate analytical tools
  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 pro-active demeanour. (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 the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Report
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Report
1 - Online Quiz(zes)