Courses & Units

Communication Systems ENG334



This unit introduces modern communication systems fundamentals for engineering students specialised in electronics and communication engineering and other electrical engineering streams. It starts with an introduction to analog communication systems for the concepts of AM and FM communication, and phase locked loop for FM synchronisation. After discussed pulse code modulation (PCM), the baseband modulation theory is discussed. An introduction to advanced digital modulation is included with a wireless communication case study. This unit is the discipline knowledge required for design and application of basic communication system or study of more advanced communication topics in Communication systems 2.


Unit name Communication Systems
Unit code ENG334
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering

Danchi Jiang

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Explain major components and technologies in modern communication systems including analog modulation and digital modulation techniques, communication channels, communication errors and communication system performance measures.

2. Identify the design objective and the life cycle of a digital communication system design.

3. Apply frequency domain and time domain methods to model typical analog and digital communication systems and analyse system function and efficiency.

4. Design basic components in transmitter and receiver to achieve effective communication.

5. Test some basic communication systems for their performance analysis by simulation.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 031307

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ENG234 and ENG233

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Teaching Pattern



Four major assessments:  Analog communication lab (10%), in-semester test (10%), digital communication lab mini-project (40%) and 3-hr end of semester exam (40%)

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