Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Communications
Course code: 2410 ~ Course abbreviation: PGradDipDigComm ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology
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Monash's digital communications program covers a broad range of courses ranging from the short postgraduate certificate up to the masters degree by coursework in digital communications. The courses have been structured to provide an integrated program of postgraduate education in digital communications. This course is intended for those with a previous qualification in a related discipline, to further extend their information technology knowledge.
The initial units introduce underlying principles and technologies, and the later units go more deeply into the underlying theoretical and technological foundations of digital communications systems. They also examine the social and political aspects of communications networking, and the management structures for communications networks.
Students may also take out this award by exiting the Master of Digital Communications after completing 48 points of graduate study.
The aims of the digital communications program are to provide: a thorough understanding of the central communications and networking technologies - transmission systems, local networks, protocols; practical and theoretical foundations to enable graduates to design, develop, specify, select, install and operate communications facilities in a wide range of applications areas; a foundation of theory from which trends and future technologies can be evaluated.
The course currently draws students from a wide range of employment backgrounds including programming, systems analysis, engineering, management, consultancy, auditing, marketing and teaching. The program is designed to provide graduates in fields such as computing, computer science or electrical engineering with specialist graduate-level education in topics such as digital communications technologies, communications architectures, protocols and network design.
The course consists of eight 6-point units, selected as follows:
(a) at least six units from the list of approved digital communications graduate units (group 1 and group 2) listed below
(b) at least 12 points must be completed from group 1, listed below
(c) up to two units which may be drawn from any postgraduate program of the university with the approval of the school or nominee.
Students who complete the postgraduate diploma and wish to undertake further studies will be granted up to 48 points of credit in the Master of Digital Communications program. The number of points subsequently required to complete the masters will depend on the units taken within the postgraduate diploma.
Note that not all units are available in any one year.
Students may choose to exit this program with the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Communications, after successfully completing four specific units.
This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for associate-level membership.
Associate Professor Andrew Paplinski