ENEE13022 - Communication Systems
Term 2 - 2017


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Overview

In this unit, you will gain hands-on experience in designing, dimensioning and simulating industrial data communication networks. You will be introduced to relevant communication principles and techniques, common signal transmission media, transmission mechanisms and modes and signal processing techniques used in communication systems. You will apply mathematical analysis techniques to study different telecommunications systems and their applications. You will also be introduced to different communication standards and protocols commonly used in industrial communication and automation systems. This unit will also provide you with opportunities to further develop communication skills through collaborative team work and individual presentations.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre requisites: (ENEE13018 Analogue Electronics AND ENEE13020 Digital Electronics) OR ENEX12002 Introductory Electronics

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 2 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Written Assessment 20%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms
  2. Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems
  3. Apply and explain the use of mathematical analysis techniques in the study of telecommunication systems
  4. Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments
  5. Design simple communication networks using appropriate software tools
  6. Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards
  7. Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs

The learning outcomes are linked to Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies and also discipline capabilities.

You can find the mapping for this on the Engineering Undergraduate Course website.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Practical and Written Assessment

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving          
3. Critical Thinking          
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Written Assessment    
4 - Practical and Written Assessment

Prescribed Textbooks

Data and Computer Communications
Author/s: William Stallings Year: 2014
Edition: 10th edition (International Edition) Publisher: Pearson Education
Country: England
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Course Online Resource
  • eBooks from the CQUniversity Library
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAruna Jayasuriya (a.jayasuriya@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 10-07-2017

Amplitude Modulation

CRO

Week 2 17-07-2017

Frequency Modulation

CRO

Week 3 24-07-2017

Data Transmission Techniques

3, 4

Week 4 31-07-2017

Signal Encoding, Error Detection and Correction

5, 6

Online Quiz 1 due Friday 11:45 PM AEST

Week 5 07-08-2017

Data Communication Networks and the Internet

1, 2

Vacation Week 14-08-2017
Week 6 21-08-2017

Transport Layer

15, 20

Assignment 1 Due Monday (21 Aug 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 7 28-08-2017

Network Layer

14, 19, 21

Online Quiz 2 due Friday 11:45 PM AEST

Week 8 04-09-2017

Data Link Layer

7, 8

Week 9 11-09-2017

Local Area Networks

11, 23

Week 10 18-09-2017

Ethernet

12

Online Quiz 3 due Friday 11:45 PM AEST

Week 11 25-09-2017

Wireless LANs and Mobile Networks

13,10

Week 12 02-10-2017

Networked Control Systems

Review/Exam Week 09-10-2017
Assignment 2 Due Monday (09 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Exam Week 16-10-2017
Design Assessment Due Monday (16 Oct 17) 11:45 PM AEST

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

The assessment is a set of 3 online quizzes which can be accessed via the unit Moodle site. A set of multiple choice and calculation questions is assigned each week. The quizzes are an integrated part of the study to test on the key concepts of each topic. Details of the assessment will be available on the unit Moodle site at the beginning of the team. Each quiz has a set time to complete and once a student start a quiz, it will close after the set time. Once started, a quiz cannot be paused in the middle. Students are strongly advised to sufficiently cover the material related to each quiz before starting the quiz.

Each quiz can be attempted several times, but the score for the quiz will be the score for your first attempt. In your different attempts you will be receive different problems as the system randomly select the problems from a set of problems specified for each question. Correct answer for the quiz questions will be available immediately after you submit your answers.

If you encounter any network access issues during the quiz, the unit coordinator should be notified at your earliest convenient.

Number of Quizzes 3
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Friday weeks 4, 7, 10 11:59 pm
Return Date to Students Results are available immediately after the completion of each quiz.
Weighting 20%
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms

2. Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems

4. Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1
Task Description

This assessment item covers the topics 1-5. The assignment questions will be released on the course website at least 3 weeks before the assignment must be submitted for assessment. It is not expected that students will type up equations and calculations. Students can scan clear and legible hand written calculations for online submission.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Monday (21-Aug-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Within 2 weeks after the due date
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  • Correct answers;
  • Correct format;
  • All workings must be shown to obtain marks;
  • Assignment must be neat, tidy and legible;
  • All questions must be attempted.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

PDF is the preferred submission format

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms

2. Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems

3. Apply and explain the use of mathematical analysis techniques in the study of telecommunication systems

4. Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments

6. Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards

7. Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2
Task Description

This assessment item covers the topics 6-11. The assignment questions will be released on the course website at least 3 weeks before the assignment must be submitted for assessment. It is not expected that students will type up equations and calculations. Students can scan clear and legible hand written calculations for online submission.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Monday (09-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Within 2 weeks after the due date
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  • Correct answers;
  • Correct format;
  • All workings must be shown to obtain marks;
  • Assignment must be neat, tidy and legible;
  • All questions must be attempted.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

PDF is the preferred submission format

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms

2. Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems

3. Apply and explain the use of mathematical analysis techniques in the study of telecommunication systems

4. Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments

6. Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards

7. Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence



4 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Design Assessment
Task Description

In this assessment you are required to design a network to satisfy a set of given communication requirements. You will be presenting your design using a project report and a simulation model. The minimum components required in the project report are:

  • Requirement analysis
  • Literature review
  • Overall network architecture
  • Designing/dimensioning the network components
  • Simulation results
  • Simulation models

Riverbed OPNET Modeler Academic Edition network simulation software will be used in designing and dimensioning the network. All the generic network device and link simulation models required for this project is included in the free Academic Edition.

This software can be downloaded from the link below.

https://rpmapps.riverbed.com/ae/4dcgi/DOWNLOAD_HOME

More information about the assessment will be available from the course Moodle site at the start of the term.

Assessment Due Date Exam Week Monday (16-Oct-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Within 2 weeks after the due date
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The assignment will be graded using the following criteria:

  • Correct design methodology;
  • Correctness and clarity of technical details;
  • Justification of methods used and choices made;
  • Ability to gather and evaluate authoritative information and proper use of references;
  • Where relevant, all workings must be shown to obtain marks;
  • Assignment must be neat, tidy and legible;
  • Working simulation models
  • Accuracy of the results from simulation models
  • Use of simulation results to justify the design/re-design decisions

More details about assessment criteria will be available from the course Moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - 50%
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

PDF is the preferred submission format

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Apply the fundamental concepts and principles of data communications, including modulation, signal transmission media and modes, signal processing tasks and error control mechanisms

2. Explain the operation of modern data communications network devices and systems

3. Apply and explain the use of mathematical analysis techniques in the study of telecommunication systems

4. Compare and evaluate data communication standards used in the instrumentation and control environments

5. Design simple communication networks using appropriate software tools

6. Create professional documentation of the solutions, designs and analysis process using electrical terminology, diagrams and symbols that conform to Australian Standards

7. Work individually and collaboratively in a team to produce high quality outputs

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice




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