Communications Principles

TNE30003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Sarawak Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 60 hours face to face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2024 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 1

26 Feb 24 - 26 May 24

2 Jul 24

Last self enrolment:
10 Mar 24

31 Mar 24

Last withdraw without fail:
12 Apr 24

Aims and objectives

This unit of study aims to allow you to gain a broad understanding of the fundamental signal processing and modulation concepts and methods that underpin analogue and digital transmission for both wireless and wired communications. 
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO)
Students who successfully complete this unit should be able to:
1. Appreciate and use terminology, concepts, standards and techniques of signal processing for communication systems. K2, S12.
2. Describe and critically analyse common signal processing concepts and methods. K3
3. Analyse the performance of various modulation methods for analogue and digital transmission. S1 S2
4. Predict the effect of noise on signal reception. K2, S1
5. Synthesise signal processing modules to implement communications systems. K3, K4, S2
6. Appreciate modern broadcast systems such as Digital TV and Digital Radio. K2, S1
7. Safely conduct practical experiments using appropriate test equipment and signal processing modules both for analogue and digital transmission. Analyse and interpret the results and errors, formulate conclusions and generate a high quality written report both individually and as part of a team. A2, K3, S2
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