Entry Requirements and Weighting

Prerequisites:ME502 Overview of Digital Communication or equivalent
Credit Points:20 credit points
Level:Year 2, Core/Elective
Workload:Timetabled hours/week: 4(Lecture = 2 hours, Lab = 2 hours)
Personal study hours per week: 5


Unit Coordinator:Mohsin Murtaza
Moderator:A/Prof Savitri Bevinakoppa
Lecturers (Melbourne):Mohsin Murtaza

Brief Description

This is a forth trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Telecommunications) BEng(Tel). This unit addresses the BEng(Tel) course learning outcomes and complement other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge about telecommunication systems, Public Switched Telecommunication Network (PSTN), Digital Microwave Link Designing, Economic Evaluation of Systems. For further course information refer to:

Telecommunications is one of the fastest growing industry sectors in the world. The main aim of this unit is to understand the basic principles and techniques fundamental to the analysis and design of telecommunication systems.

This unit will provide students with the knowledge and skills to analyse and understand about the system engineering, Public Switched Telecommunication Network (PSTN), Digital Microwave Link designing, Economic Evaluation of the system and Radar systems, rationale behind its structure, and technical overview of telecommunication networks from a system point of view. It also covers all the concepts necessary for a complete understanding of the design of practical telecommunication network.

This unit will cover the following topics:

  • Overview of Telecommunication Networks
  • Introduction to Telecommunication System Engineering
  • Introduction to system Reliability Engineering
  • Public Switched Telecommunication Network
  • Conventional Analog switching in telephony
  • Signalling of analog telephone networks and Transmission for telephony
  • Public switched Telecommunication Networks: Teletraffic Engineering
  • Digital Microwave Radio communication Systems
  • Economic Evaluation of Systems
  • Introduction to Radar Systems
  • Radio Navigational System
  • Emerging trends and Case studies

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit,students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate in depth knowledge of system engineering and have a command on how to make system more reliable and efficient.
  2. Acquire in depth technical knowledge of signalling, switching and call routing in Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
  3. Designing of Public switched Telephone Network (PSTN)
  4. In depth understanding and knowledge of Digital Microwave Radio Systems.
  5. Designing of Microwave links, path profile construction and comprehensive understanding of the atmospheric effect on the microwave links performance.
  6. Economic evaluation of telecommunication systems.
  7. In-depth understanding of Radio Navigational Systems
  8. Apply knowledge of Radar systems and their applications

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.

The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit is as follows:

Ability to communicateIndependent and  Lifelong LearningEthicsAnalytical and Problem SolvingCultural and Global AwarenessTeamworkKnowledge of Field


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Extent covered

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 The standard is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations
 The standard is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by  activities such as lectures or tutorials
 The standard  is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this standard