Courses & Units

Communication Systems ENG436



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 frequency and time synchronization. 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.


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 Danchi Jiang
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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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.
  • Identify the design objective and the life cycle of a digital communication system design.
  • 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.
  • Test basic communication systems for their performance analysis by simulation.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
031307 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

3 x 1hr lectures weekly, 1 x 1hr tutorial weekly, 5 x 3hr practicals

AssessmentMid-term test (10%)|Exam (30%)|Digital communication project (50%)|Analog communication lab (10%)
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