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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

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

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.

Course objectives

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.

Course structure

Course requirements

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.

Group 1

  • FIT4014 Digital communications software
  • FIT4015 Digital communications technology and protocols
  • FIT4016 Information security
  • FIT4017 Network management

Group 2

  • BUS5150 Project management
  • CPE5002 Network security
  • CSE5000 Distributed object technology
  • CSE5020 Distributed computation and simulation
  • CSE5210 Advances in information security
  • CSE5303 Advanced digital signal processing
  • CSE5501 Mobile and distributed computing systems
  • ECE5012 Applied digital signal processing
  • ECE5023 RF techniques
  • ECE5024 Wireless communications
  • ECE5042 Communications theory
  • ECE5043 Optical communications
  • ECE5044 Telecommunications protocols
  • ECE5045 Network performance
  • FIT5008 Digital communications project
  • FIT5009 Software engineering for communication systems
  • FIT5010 Advanced internet protocols and application
  • FIT5011 Advanced network design and performance
  • FIT5012 Digital coding and compression for communications
  • GCO5805 Multimedia computing and communications
  • GCO5807 Project management
  • IMS5007 Electronic commerce

Note that not all units are available in any one year.

Exit awards

Students may choose to exit this program with the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Communications, after successfully completing four specific units.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for associate-level membership.

Contact details

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Course coordinator

Associate Professor Andrew Paplinski