ELEC ENG 4054 - Telecommunications Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024

Multimedia communication principles. Fourth generation (LTE) cellular systems. Fifth generation (new radio) cellular systems. Advanced communication signal processing including multi-user detection, massive MIMO, phased array antenna techniques, advanced packet scheduling.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 4054
    Course Telecommunications Systems
    Coordinating Unit Electrical and 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
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 3108 or ELEC ENG 4046 or equivalent
    Assessment Assignments with open-ended investigation
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Sorell

    Note: ELEC ENG 3108 and ELEC ENG 4054 are being updated in 2020 and 2021 to reflect advances in 4G and 5G technology. ELEC ENG 3108 and ELEC ENG 4054 in 2020 only have substantial overlapping material on 3G cellular systems and therefore cannot be taken concurrently except with approval of the Course Coordinator (alternative assessment material will be offered).
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Third generation mobile systems
    2 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Multimedia representation and the interaction with telecommunications protocols
    3 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Other contemporary and emerging wide area data technologies
    4 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Emerging research areas in telecommunications
    5 Demonstrate a broad understanding of The interaction between commercial interests and technology standards

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    C C C B C C C B B B B B B B B
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • 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 Tutorial Lecture
    1 Image representation
    2 JPEG implementation and JPEG2000 Video Coding
    3 Error Management
    4 GPRS and EDGE 3G and WCDMA
    5 WCDMA Planning
    6 Multi-service resource management High-Speed Packet Access
    7 Passive Optical Networking
    8 Capacity enhancement and MIMO LTE: OFDMA
    9 LTE: Core Network and multi-RAN
    10 Assignment 3 Tutorial MPLS and other QoS control
    11 Hot topics in Telecoms Research
    12 (no class) (Revision tutorial)

    Note: Due to specific timetabling, classes might not be given in the order shown.
  • 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 Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Learning outcomes
    Assignment 1 25 Individual Formative & Summative Week 4 2. 4. 5.
    Assignment 2 30 Individual Formative & Summative Week 8 1. 4. 5.
    Assignment 3 45 Individual Formative & Summative Week 12 3. 4. 5.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.

    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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