ENEE13022 - Communication Networks

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


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 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 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) 30%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Project (applied) 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 40.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 34.48% 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 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.
Action Taken
A marking sheet and mark allocation were provided for each assessment. A dedicated workshop for the design project was also given in week 12 to provide further guidance.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Improvement and development of online quizzes were carried out. Unfortunately, they were only partially rolled out.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Improved video learning resources were being developed. They were however only partially rolled out for this term.
Source: Unit Survey
The project help session was delivered too close to the project's due date.
The project help session should be offered earlier to allow students time to absorb and use the information effectively.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Survey
Online quizzes were challenging due to them being too different from the tutorial questions.
The alignment of the online quizzes and the tutorial problems should be improved to provide students with more practice before they are assessed.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Survey
It is useful to have some content on the state-of-the-art communication technologies.
The unit content should be enhanced to include some state-of-the-art wireless and optical fiber communication technologies.
Action Taken
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 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 - Project (applied)
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
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 10