Courses & Units

Communication Systems ENG436


This unit introduces the fundamental concepts of modern communication systems for engineering students specialised in electronics and communication engineering and other electrical engineering streams. Analog communication system concepts are briefly discussed to set the scene for digital communication techniques. Concepts in digital communication include:
- Baseband and passband concepts
- Digital modulation
- Channel equalisation for the AWGN and multipath fading channels
- Error detection and correction
This unit is the discipline knowledge required for design and application of basic communication system or study of more advanced communication topics.


Unit name Communication Systems
Unit code ENG436
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Doctor Brian Salmon
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Explain the design objectives of transmitters and receivers, and impairments that can impact the communication channel.
  • Apply frequency domain and time domain methods to model typical analog and digital communication systems and analyse system function and efficiency.
  • Design basic components in transmitter and receiver to achieve effective communication.
  • Assess the performance of basic communication systems by simulation.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
031307 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,938.00

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Teaching Pattern

1x 2-hour Weekly workshops

2 x 3-hour Laboratory sessions

AssessmentIn-semester test (20%)|Exam (40%)|Simulation project (20%)|Laboratory 1 (10%)|Laboratory 2 (10%)
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