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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)J Armstrong (Clayton); A Senanayake (M'sia)


This unit provides an introduction to the important aspects of modern telecommunication systems. Particular emphasis is given to digital communication systems including the internet. The concept of layered architectures will be introduced. Topics will include modulation techniques, source and error coding, multiplexing, peer to peer protocols, LAN protocols, packet switching, TCP/IP architecture and network security.


The unit will highlight the principles of packet-switched networks and protocol stacks together with serialization of data for transmission. Wide area network protocols, including TCP/IP, simple radio data communications, optical communications, and principles of multi-access protocols, Ethernet and CSMA/CD algorithm will then be introduced. Familiarity will be gained with encoding, encryption and compression of data, together with the operation of network hosts and services, basic routing principles, alternatives to IPv4 and principles of personal area networks. The material will then be consolidated by considering the use of telecommunications technology in practical applications.


Laboratory and assignment work: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Bijan Shirinzadeh

Contact hours

3 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory/tutorial and 6 hours of private study per week


ECE2041, ECE2401, TEC2141