Course Title: Find and repair faults in communication systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EEET6957C

Course Title: Find and repair faults in communication systems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6108 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Kemps Cheng

Telephone: +613 9925 4691


Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This course covers fault finding and repair of communication systems. The unit encompasses safe working practices, interpreting circuit diagrams, applying logical fault finding procedures, conducting repairs, safety and functional testing and completing the necessary service documentation.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEH072C Find and repair faults in communication systems


1. Prepare to find and repair faults.


2. Find faults.


3. Repair fault.


4. Completion and report repair activities

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory and application of various types of RF/micorwave amplifiers, waveguide fundamental, microwave antenna and antenna fundamentals and advanced testing and measuring devices and techniques of communication systems.
• Industrial visit to look at the actual radio and related equipments from the industry. (It will depend on the arrangement with the radio company. If it can be arranged, the teaching schedule will vary.)
• Practical activities to develop skill in construction the working model of various types of RF/microwave amplifiers. Conduct complex testing process, diagnose & rectify fault and verify the performance as specification.
Work performance simulation projects involving the commissioning of selected systems, development of testing procedure to verify the performance specification, diagnosis of faults in the systems and repair the fault. Specifications will be provided with work simulation (team or individual basis) or may be negotiated to suit a workplace based application

Teaching Schedule

Week NumberDateTopic DeliveredAssessment Task
1 Introduction to course, course guide, assessments, topics breakdown, resources, & OHS issues.
Revision of modulation and demodulation
2 Prepare to find and repair the fault of modulation and demodulation 
3 Find faults for modulation and demodulation

 Laboratory exercise 1 starts

Due on week 16

4 Repair, complete and report repair activities for modulation and demodulation 
5 Prepare to find and repair the fault of  transmitters and receivers 
6 Find faults for transmitters and receivers

 Laboratory exercise 2 starts

Due on week 16


Find faults for transmitters and receivers

 Assignment 1 issued

Due on week 9


Repair, complete and report repair activities for transmitters and receivers


Repair, complete and report repair activities for transmitters and receivers

10 Prepare to find and repair microwave equipments and applications

Laboratory exercise 3 starts

Due on week 16

11 Public Holiday 
12 Repair microwave equipments
Find fault for microwave equipments

Project issued

Due on week 16


Repair, complete and report repair activities for microwave equipments
RF radiation awareness (microwave)

 Assignment 2 issued

Due on week 15

14 Prepare to find and repair fault for  waveguide and microwave antenna for microwave equipments
RF radiation awareness (microwave)

Find fault for waveguide and microwave antenna for microwave equipments
Repair, complete and report repair activities for waveguide and microwave antenna for microwave equipments
RF radiation awareness (microwave)


Prepare the final project.


17 Centralised examCentralised exam
18 Centralised examCentralised exam

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts



Reference books:
• Gary M. Miller, Modern Electronic Communication, the latest edition, Prentice Hall
• Sinnema, W., Electronics Transmission Technology, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall
Useful websites:

Other Resources


Overview of Assessment

This is a progressive assessment, the students are required to undertake summate assessments as follows:
• Laboratory exercises
• Written assignments
• Progressive test

Assessment Tasks

• Centralised exam 40 %
• Assignments and work performance simulations project 50% (10%+10%+30%)
  Assignment 1 (10%), Assignment 2 (10%), Project (30%)
• Laboratory exercises 10 % (3%+3%+4%)
  Laboratory exercise 1 (3%), Laboratory exercise 2 (3%), Laboratory exercise 3 (4%)
• A Pass in the Learning Unit when evidence of learning is collected according to the requirements as stated at “assessment criteria”. The documentation must be clearly communicated and submitted to supervisor within specified time.

CHD- Competent with High Distinction
CDI- Competent with Distinction
CC- Competent with Credit
CAG- Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC- Not Yet Competent
DNS- Did Not Submit for Assessment. (This grade is only to be used where the student’s attendance in the course has been ‘confirmed’ (but they have not participated in any form of assessment and did not withdraw by the census date.)


Assessment Matrix

Assessment                                                                                         Elements

Centralised exam                                                                               1, 2

Assignments and performance simulations project                   1, 3, 4

Laboratory exercise                                                                            2, 3, 4

Other Information

 This course is delivered in a cluster (Communication Engineering 1) in conjunction with EEET6754C, EEET6957C. (Find and repair faults in the microwave amplifier sections of electronic apparatus, & Find and repair faults in communication systems). All the learning and assessment activities will include the components of All competencies UEENEEH016B, UEENEEH072C.
In this cluster, minimum student directed hours are 60 in addition to 60 scheduled teaching hours.
Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, project work, individual student-teacher course-related consultation, organized industrial visits and lab reports.

Study and learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to all RMIT students.
Services offered by SLC to support numeracy and literacy skills of the students are:
- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please refer to find more information about Study and Learning Support.

Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete their studies.
Please refer to find more information about services offered by Disability Liaison Unit.

Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Email Communication:

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