Course Title: Digital Signal Processing for Communication Engineering

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Digital Signal Processing for Communication Engineering

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2020

Course Coordinator: Professor Kandeepan Sithamparanathan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2804

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.8.18

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You are expected to have completed the following courses

- EEET2113 Signals and Systems 2


- EEET2554 Communication Engineering.



Course Description

Digital signal processing is an important aspect in the current era of communication engineering especially in wireless and mobile communication. Though deterministic signals are transmitted to communicate information in reality what we receive actually are corrupted signals that are random in nature. In this course therefore we cover random signal theories and its applications to communication engineering in order to understand the behavior of communication signals and improve the performance of communication systems by performing intelligent signal processing.

The topics covered in this course are;

- A quick recap of Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT), spectral analysis, filter design and windowing functions

- Fundamentals of random signal theory and analysis, and LTI system response to random signals

- Modeling communication signals as random processes

- Baseband signal processing, signal synthesis and filter design for communication

- Statistical signal processing in communication for signal detection and synchronization

Please note that if you take this course for a bachelor honours program, your overall mark in this course will be one of the course marks that will be used to calculate the weighted average mark (WAM) that will determine your award level. (This applies to students who commence enrolment in a bachelor honours program from 1 January 2016 onward. See the WAM information web page for more information.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the undergraduate level this course develops the following Program Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

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.


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

1. Analyse signals in communication systems

2. Process random signals to meet a particular requirement

3. Simulate, synthesize and process communication signals using software tools

4. Write signal processing algorithms and methods with minimal supervision and communicate the outcomes as a written report


Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts, theories and their applications will be explained in lectures considering various case studies in communication engineering.

The laboratory exercises will train students to apply the random signal theories in practical scenarios and develop skills to simulate signals and write algorithms to process signals to improve the performance of communication systems.


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 fundamental theories and concepts of random signal processing will be assessed. All the assessment tasks will assess the ability to critically analyse experimental/analytical results and provide arguments to support the requirements. Written feedback where necessary will be provided on all assessment tasks except for the end of semester test. There will be no Final Exam for this course.

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: End of Semester Written Test

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Lab-Exam 1

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 4

Assessment Task 3: Lab-Exam 2

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Mid Semester Assessment

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4