Entry Requirements and Weighting

Prerequisites:BE203 Telecommunication Systems
Credit Points:15 credit points
Level:Year 3, Core
Workload:Timetabled hours/week: 4(Lecture = 2 hours, Tute/ Lab = 2 hours)
Personal study hours per week: 5


Unit Coordinator/Lecturer:Dr. Tony De Souza-Daw
Unit Moderator:A/Prof Savitri Bevinakoppa
Tutor/s:Dr. Tony De Souza-Daw

Brief Description

This is a fifth trimester core unit out of a total of 24 units in the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Telecommunications). This unit addresses the Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Telecommunications) course learning outcomes and complement other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in applied cellular telecommunication and applying critical skills in telecommunication equipment such as antennas, microwaves, GPS and spectrum analyser. For further course information refer to:

This unit covers aspects of mobile radio systems engineering, planning and designing cellular mobile radio communication networks by studying radio channel modelling, multiple access and frequency assignment techniques, handover techniques, signalling protocol structures, traffic considerations and network management.

This unit will cover the following areas:

Mobile Communication Theory:

  • Introduction to mobile and wireless communications, multi-carrier transmission, advanced single-carrier transmission, advanced receivers, advanced radio resource management and protocols and different radio network architectures.
  • Frequency division, orthogonal frequency division, time division and code division multiple access, frequency division duplexing and time division duplexing
  • The cellular concept, frequency reuse, channel allocation schemes, handoff, call control interference
  • Cellular broadband wireless systems (3G, 4G, etc)

Satellite design, operation and evaluation of:

  • Orbits (LEO, MEO, GEO, etc.) services and systems
  • Satellite technology and operation (E.g. Spacecraft and distance satellite)
  • Earth Stations, antennas (from satellites such as fixed, broadcast satellite, mobile, store and forward, tracking, telemetry)

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be capable of the following:

  1. Using numerical analysis methods, critically review and analyse mobile and satellite communication systems: Path Loss Models and Link Budgets.
  2. Explain the underlying principles and concepts of telecommunication modulation techniques such as FDMA, TDMA, CDMA and OFMA and cellular technologies including GSM/GPRS and GPS mobiles, satellites and earth station applications.
  3. Describe research and development directions of 4G to 5G technologies.
  4. Identify engineering techniques, tools and resources, and exercise critical thinking and judgement, to identify and solve problems related to antenna and GSM laboratories.
  5. Demonstrate ethical behaviour for, and personal and collaboration responsibility and accountability to, the professional practice in the telecommunication industry. 

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 covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations
 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