Course Title: Communication Engineering 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Engineering 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


125H Electrical & Computer Engineering


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

Course Coordinator: Dr Katrina Neville

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2530

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 010.07.008

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study: You must have successfully completed EEET2369 - Signals and Systems, or an equivalent course, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Recommended courses: It is also advisable that you have successfully completed EEET2248 - Engineering Methods and EEET2249 - Circuit Theory.

This course assumes that you have:

  •  The ability to solve basic algebraic equations and sets of linear equations
  •  Competence in basic integral and differential calculus and differential equations
  •  The ability to perform Fourier Transforms on basic functions
  •  Knowledge of basic signal sampling and reconstruction theory

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to both elementary and modern forms of Communication Engineering. Communication engineering can be defined as the reliable transmission and reception of information.

This course will develop your skills in the basic theory and methods associated with Communication Engineering, including:

  •  An introduction to information representation and processing
  •  Familiarisation with the basics of classical and modern communication systems
  •  Hands on experience with communication devices and system hardware

Specific topics covered include:

  • The representation of all forms of information in different domains. Time-domain and the real frequency-domain are emphasised.
  • Analogue communications, particularly Amplitude Modulation (AM) and Frequency Modulation (FM). These techniques have been used for several decades in the field of communications.
  • Digital communications, with emphasis on baseband signalling, basic digital modulation techniques, inter-symbol interference and error rates.
  • Optical fibres and optical communications systems and devices.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours):

1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

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.

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Represent information as time-domain or frequency-domain functions as the problem requires, with an understanding of the equivalence between these domains. Both analogue and digital information will be considered.
  2. Describe the operation of analogue and digital communication systems in time-domain or frequency-domain.
  3. Describe the basic theory and operation of analogue communication systems, especially AM and FM modulation.
  4. Describe the fundamentals of digital communication systems, especially baseband signalling, digital modulation techniques (e.g. FSK, PSK, QAM), inter-symbol interference and error rates.
  5. Analyse and design simple optical fibre communications systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Student Learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

  • Lectures: one two-hour lecture per week.
  • Tutorials: one hour tutorial per week. You are encouraged to prepare for the tutorials beforehand to maximise your understanding of the material.
  • Laboratory work: two hours per week.
  • Private study: you should work through the course as presented in classes and learning materials, and test your understanding and gain practice at solving numerical problems.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. TIMS hardware components and other communications equipment will be provided during the laboratory sessions.

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Two-hour final examination, laboratories, and assignments.

Assessment tasks

Early Assessment Task: Laboratory reports

Weighting 35%

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

Assessment Task 2: Assignments

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 3: Final exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Written feedback will be provided on laboratory reports and assignments.