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Unit Overview


Students develop advanced knowledge about digital communications, fundamentals of wireless communications, random access networks. This includes design and performance analysis of communications systems, random access networks, wireless channel modelling and cellular mobile communications.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) perform simulations to evaluate the performance of digital communication systems with channel coding; (2) perform simulations to evaluate the performance of queuing systems in the context of random access networks; (3) write high-quality assignment reports; (4) design digital communication systems and analyse their performance using both theories and simulations; (5) illustrate key concepts in cellular mobile communications including fading, diversity, roaming and handoff; and (6) perform theoretical analysis of various random access networks (e.g. Aloha, CSMA and CSMA/CD).


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) labs/projects; (2) class tests; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor David Huang
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation)
BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and ELEC4402 Communications Systems
Contact hours
practical classes: 24 hours
lectures: 24 hours
labs: 9 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.