Course Title: Communication Engineering 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Communication Engineering 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities.

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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 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 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Prof. Kamran Ghorbani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5064

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.07.38

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite: EEET2254 Communication Engineering, or an equivalent course, or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Assumed Knowledge:

  • Fourier Transform: Signal Description in Time and Frequency domains
  • Signal Sampling and Reconstruction techniques
  • Analogue and Digital Modulation and Demodulation techniques.
  • Impedance matching techniques
  • Basic operation of optical fibres

Course Description

In this course, you will learn the basic techniques to design and analyse communication systems.

Topics include Thermal Noise, Probability of Error, Signal to Noise Ratio, Level Diagrams, Radio and Optical Fibre Communication Systems.

This course builds on the Modulation topics in the Year 2 course EEET 2254 Communication Engineering.

It also provides useful knowledge and skills for the following Year 4 courses:

  • EEET1080 Satellite Communication Systems Engineering
  • EEET1083 Mobile and Personal Communication Systems Engineering
  • EEET2271 Radar Systems 1
  • EEET1074 Antennas for Mobile and Satellite Communications

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

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for 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.

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Determine noise temperatures and noise figures of communication devices and systems
  2. Determine signal to noise ratios in analogue baseband and band-pass communication systems
  3. Determine probability of error in digital baseband and band-pass communication systems
  4. Perform system dynamic range calculations
  5. Perform optical fibre link design calculations
  6. Exercise the following skills: problem solving, design, teamwork and leadership, communication, and self-directed learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Pre-recorded lectures, design examples and case studies are used to explain the main concept and demonstrate current industry practice. These will be available on Canvas. 

The weekly problem sheet will develop your problem-solving skills and also in some cases require you to research new information.

Laboratory is designed to develop your practical and communication skills through a real-world design and verification methodology. The laboratory will run both online and onsite. The online laboratory will be available for those who cannot attend the classes.

Student Learning occurs through the following experiences and evaluation processes:

  • Tutorials 
  • Laboratory classes
  • Viewing pre-recorded materials

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

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

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

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment components are: Assignments and Laboratory Reports

Assessment tasks

Assessment Task 1: Assignment 1
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Assignment 2
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3, & 4

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory reports
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports all CLOs

Assessment Task 4: Assignment 3
Weighting 25%
This assessment supports CLOs 5 & 6