ELEC ENG 3034 - Telecommunications Principles

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

Plain old telephone system; Cellular systems including GSM and IS-95 CDMA; Principles of IP - datagram networks and routing; Principles of ATM; QoS on IP; Audio and voice coding; Voice over IP; GPRS and ADSL - hybrid voice/data network principles; Satellite applications: voice telephony and navigation (GPS).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 3034
    Course Telecommunications Principles
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ELEC ENG 4046, ELEC ENG 4033
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 2007
    Assessment examination, homework and assignment
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Sorell

    Email: matthew.sorell@adelaide.edu.au

    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.37


    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    After completion of this course, students will have a broad understanding of

    1.   Fixed line telephony systems, including access, multiplexing and signalling

    2.   Mobile telephony systems, including mobility management and network dimensioning

    3.   Wide area packet data networks, including Internet Protocol and ATM

    4.   Satellite voice communications

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 - 4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1 - 4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1 - 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1 - 4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 - 4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 - 4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1 - 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A set of course notes, practice problems and other supporting materials will also be available
    for downloading from the course web site.
    Recommended Resources
    Extensive course notes are available on MyUni or through EEESAU.

    There are no required textbooks.
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the MyUni web site for this course,
    https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login.  Course notes, tutorial problems and solutions, laboratory exercises and practice problems will all be available for downloading from the web site.  Video recordings and records of notes will be available.  Online discussion boards are a key interactive tool in this course.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught in the form of lectures which are backed up by interactive group tutorials in a collaborative learning environment.  The emphasis is on a practical understanding not only of how telecommunications systems work, but more importantly how legacy technologies drive why contemporary standards through backward compatibility and commercial reality.

    Students are encouraged to participate through face to face and online forums.  Homeworks synthesise concepts and help generate deeper understanding.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging
    appropriately with the course requirements.
    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lecture 11 double lectures 22 48
    Tutorials 6 double tutorials 12 24
    Homeworks 3 24
    TOTALS 34 96
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Lecture (Principles) Tutorial/Lecture
    1 The Telephone Systems Telephone System Capacity
    2 GSM NW, architecture and mobility
    3 GSM Radio Interface GSM planning and dimensioning
    4 Spread spectrum and CDMA
    5 IS-95 CDMA signals and planning
    6 PDH and SDH multiplexing
    7 Asynchronous Transfer Mode PDH, SDH and ATM topologies
    8 Audio coding
    9 Internet Protocol Voice over IP
    10 Satellite principles; LEO, VSAT
    11 Security concepts Satellite capacity and coverage
    12 (no lecture)

    Note: Due to specific timetabling, classes might not be given in the order shown.

    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment activity Type     Weighting Due date Learning objective  addressed
    Homeworks Formative    30% (10%             each) Weeks 4, 8, 12        All
    Exam Summative      70% End of semester         All

    The examination is a prescribed summative assessment exercise in which students must obtain at least 40% in order to pass the course. Failure to achieve at least 40% in the exam will mean that the student will obtain a final total mark of no more than 49%.
    Assessment Detail
    Details of individual assessment tasks will be provided during the semester
    All assignments are due by 5pm on the due date, by electronic submission through MyUni.

    Late submissions will attract a penalty of 20% per day.

    All formative assessments will have a one week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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