ELEC ENG 7083 - Telecommunications Principles & Systems

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

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; Voice over IP; GPRS and ADSL - hybrid voice/data network principles. Third generation mobile systems: WCDMA concepts, multi-user detection, antenna array techniques, MIMO, high speed packet access, long term evolution, radio resource management, packet scheduling, core network evolution. Multimedia: Image and video representation and transmission. Competing technologies: WiFi, WiMAX, FttX. Emerging techniques: may include MANET, cognitive radio.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 7083
    Course Telecommunications Principles & Systems
    Coordinating Unit School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible ELEC ENG 3034, ELEC ENG 4033, ELEC ENG 4046, ELEC ENG 4054, ELEC ENG 7081
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 7079
    Restrictions Master of Engineering (Electronic) students only
    Assessment Examination and Assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Sorell

    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 Fixed line telephony systems, including access, multiplexing and signalling
    2 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Mobile telephony systems, including mobility management and network dimensioning
    3 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Wide area packet data networks, including Internet Protocol and ATM
    4 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Satellite voice communications
    5 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Third generation mobile systems
    6 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Multimedia representation and the interaction with telecommunications protocols
    7 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Other contemporary and emerging wide area data technologies
    8 Demonstrate a broad understanding of Emerging research areas in telecommunications
    9 Demonstrate a broad understanding of The interaction between commercial interests and technology standards

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency:

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • 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.

    ELEC ENG 7083 includes both ELEC ENG 3034 and ELEC ENG 7081 (ELEC ENG 4054) course content and is recommended for students without the assumed knowledge for ELEC ENG 7081.

    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 Work hours
    Lecture 22 double lectures 44 96
    Tutorials 11 double tutorials 22 48
    Homeworks 6 48
    TOTALS 66 192

    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Lecture (Principles) Tutorial Lecture (Systems)
    1 The Telephone System  Telephone system capacity Image representation
    2 GSM NW, architecture and mobility JPEG implementation and JPEG2000 Video Coding
    3 GSM Radio Interface GSM planning and dimensioning Error Management
    4 Spread spectrum and CDMA GPRS and EDGE 3G and WCDMA
    5 IS-95 CDMA signals and planning WCDMA Planning
    6 PDH and SDH multiplexing Multi-service resource management High-Speed Packet Access
    7 Asynchronous Transfer Mode PDH, SDH and ATM topologies Passive Optical Networking
    8 Audio coding Capacity enhancement and MIMO LTE: OFDMA
    9 Internet Protocol Voice over IP LTE: Core Network and multi-RAN
    10 Satellite principles; LEO, GPS, VSAT Assignment 3 (Systems) Tutorial MPLS and other QoS control
    11 Security Concepts Satellite capacity and coverage Hot topics in Telecoms Research
    12 (Revision tutorial) (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)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Principles - Assignment 1 5 Individual Formative Week 4 1. 2.
    Principles - Assignment 2 5 Individual Formative Week 8 2. 3.
    Principles - Assignment 3 5 Individual Formative Week 12 3. 4.
    Principles - Exam 35 Individual Summative >40% 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Systems - Assignment 1 5 Individual Formative Week 4 6. 8. 9.
    Systems - Assignment 2 5 Individual Formative Week 8 5. 8. 9.
    Systems - Assignment 3 5 Individual Formative Week 12 7. 8. 9.
    Systems - Exam 35 Individual Summative >40% 5. 6. 7.
    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.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    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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