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FIT5012 - Digital coding and compression for communications

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Information Technology


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit enables students to acquire knowledge on the fundamental concepts, theory and techniques of digital image, video and audio signal coding and compression. The unit explores the statistical and psychovisual/psychoacoustic redundancy found in audio-visual signals and how this redundancy is exploited using predictive coding, transform coding, quantisation, motion estimation and compensation, hybrid coding, vector quantisation, sub-band and wavelet transforms, fractal coding, and variable-length coding techniques including Huffman, run-length and arithmetic coding. The unit also covers the international standards for audio-visual compression, including JPEG, H.26x, and MPEG.


Class test: 20%; Practical report: 50%; Assignments/Demonstrations: 30%.

Contact hours

4 hours per week.


MAT1811/1812, MAT1841 or equivalent, and 2 years or more of study in a computing related course.