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Telecommunications Engineering Major


The major in telecommunications engineering builds on foundations in physics, mathematics, computer science and basic electrical engineering principles. The main focus of this major is in understanding the design, planning, commissioning and monitoring of complex telecommunications networks and broadcasting equipment. It is concerned with all aspects of theory and application for a broad range of systems such as telephone and data networks, radio and television broadcasting, satellite and deep space applications. It is also connected to digital communications, microwaves and antennas, optical communications, the design and manufacture of lasers and optical fibres, signal and information processing and satellite mobile communications.

As a telecommunications engineering graduate, you may pursue a career dealing with a wide range of exciting modern technologies, including mobile and wireless communications, fixed and mobile internet, and mobile social networking and data transmissions.

This major best aligns with the Electrical, Software or Biomedical stream.

Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Telecommunications Engineering Major

Achievement of a major in Telecommunications Engineering requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(ii) 24 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 4000-level project units
(iv) 6 credit points of 5000-level selective units

Units of Study

2000-level units of study
Core units
Electronic Devices and Circuits
6    A ELEC1103. Ohm's Law and Kirchoff's Laws; action of Current and Voltage sources; network analysis and the superposition theorem; Thevenin and Norton equivalent circuits; inductors and capacitors, transient response of RL, RC and RLC circuits; the ability to use power supplies, oscilloscopes, function generators, meters, etc.
Semester 2
Signals and Systems
6    A (MATH1001 OR MATH1021) AND MATH1002 AND (MATH1003 OR MATH1023). Basic knowledge of differentiation & integration, differential equations, and linear algebra.
Semester 2
3000-level units of study
Core units
Digital Signal Processing
6    A Familiarity with basic Algebra, Differential and Integral Calculus, continuous linear time-invariant systems and their time and frequency domain representations, Fourier transform, sampling of continuous time signals.
P ELEC2302
Semester 1
Communications Electronics and Photonics
6    A ELEC2104. A background in basic electronics and circuit theory is assumed.
Semester 2
6    P ELEC2302. Fourier transform, fundamental in signals and systems theory, convolution, and similar techniques.
Semester 1
Data Communications and the Internet
6      Semester 2
4000-level units of study
Project units
Digital Communication Systems
6    P ELEC3505
Semester 1
5000-level units of study
Selective units
Antennas and Propagation
6      Semester 2
Wireless Engineering
6    A Basic knowledge in probability and statistics, analog and digital communications, error probability calculation in communications channels, and telecommunications network.
Semester 2
Mobile Networks
6    A ELEC3505 AND ELEC3506. Basically, students need to know the concepts of data communications and mobile communications, which could be gained in one the following units of study: ELEC3505 Communications, ELEC3506 Data Communications and the Internet, or similar units. If you are not sure, please contact the instructor.
Semester 1
Optical Communication Systems
6    A (ELEC3405 OR ELEC9405) AND (ELEC3505 OR ELEC9505). Basic knowledge of communications, electronics and photonics

Semester 1
Optical Networks
6    A Knowledge of digital communications, wave propagation, and fundamental optics
Semester 2
Electrical and Optical Sensor Design
6    A Math Ext 1, fundamental concepts of signal and systems, fundamental electrical circuit theory and analysis
Semester 1