Course Title: Satellite Communication Systems Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Satellite Communication Systems Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kandeepan Sithamparanathan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2804

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.8.18

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

- You should have passed EEET2115 Communication Engineering 2


- have equivalent knowledge associated with the following topics:

  • signal description in time and frequency domains
  • random signals and noise
  • analog and digital modulation
  • noise and signal to noise ratio calculations.


Course Description

Satellite Communication Systems provide vital and economical fixed and mobile communication services over very large coverage areas of land, sea and air. In this course, you will learn the fundamentals and the techniques for the design and analysis of satellite communication systems.

Topics include Satellite Orbits, Space Stations and Ground Terminals, Frequency Allocation, Link Calculation and Signal Propagation, Rain Fading and Link Availability, Digital Modulation, Error Correction Codes, Multiple Access, Receiver Syncrhonization, and the basics of Satellite Networking. 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

     1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.

     2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.

     2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

At postgraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  •  High levels of technical competence in the field
  • Be able to apply problem solving approaches to work challenges and make decisions using sound engineering methodologies


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles, concepts and operation of satellite communication systems
  2. Describe the concepts of signal propagation affects, link design, rain fading and link availability and perform interference calculations
  3. Understand modulation techniques and error correction codes for satellite communication
  4. Use software tools to simulate and analyse the performance of satellite communication systems, and use real satellite up/down links (subject to the availability of satellite links) to conduct link experiments
  5. Critically analyse the design requirements and the performance of satellite communication systems


Overview of Learning Activities

In lectures you will explore and learn about key concepts, theories and their applications using design examples and case studies to demonstrate current industry practice.

The laboratory exercises will explain how to simulate satellite communication systems and study the performance


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be able to access course information and learning materials through RMIT University’s online systems.

Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided.

You will also use state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.


Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

The fundamentals, concepts and technical problem solving with any numerical calculation skills will be assessed. All assessment tasks will also assess your ability to critically analyse results and provide arguments to support design decisions. Written feedback will be provided on all assessment tasks except for the Final exam.

Assessment tasks:

Assessment Task 1: Mid-semester test

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Final exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Lab-1

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5

Assessment 4: Lab-2

Weighting 20%

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 4 & 5