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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)J Armstrong


This unit begins with baseband digital transmission, error detection and correction, including source coding, line coding, pulse shaping, ISI and Nyquist criterion, error probability with and without coding, information theory, and limitations to compression and error correction. Modulation schemes covered include AM, FM and phase modulation, digital modulation, PAM, QAM, constellation diagrams, multi-path propagation and multi-carrier modulation, OFDM, and multiple access techniques. Circuit switching and packet switching will be contrasted, including signalling and the OSI reference model of layered protocols. Finally the effects of noise, interference and cross-talk will be covered.


An understanding of modern digital communications systems, how they exploit spectrum allocation, and how they deal with noise and interference.


Laboratory and assignment work: 30%
Examinations (3 hours): 70%. Student must achieve a mark of 45% in each component to achieve an overall pass grade

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Arthur Lowery

Contact hours

3 hours/week lectures and 3 hours/week laboratory and practice classes and 6 hours of private study per week


ECE2041, ECE2401, TEC2740