ENEL422-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017

Communications Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2017
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 3 March 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 19 May 2017


Topics covered: baseband transmission, oSignal space, digital modulation and reception, equalization, communications systems, queuing theory, error control coding and networking

Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Describe basic networking concepts and techniques with particular emphasis on ARQ techniques and MAC protocols.
  • Encode and decode block and convolutional codes.
  • Analyze the distance and error correction capabilities of error control codes.
  • Represent the convolutional codes in terms of state diagrams and trellises.
  • Perform modulation and demodulation using PSK, QAM and FSK.
  • Calculate the error probability of various modulations including PSK and QAM.
  • Describe an OFDM system and design the structure, coding and modulation.
  • Describe spread spectrum technology in terms of block diagrams and equations.
  • Specify and analyze filtering and line coding specifications and requirements for digital transmission.
  • Develop equalization strategies and configurations for mitigating the effects of intersymbol interference in digital systems.
  • Develop an awareness of upcoming communications systems and their potential impact on New Zealand and internationally.




Course Coordinator

Philippa Martin


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 20%
Test 30%
Final Exam 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Lathi, B. P. , Ding, Zhi; Modern digital and analog communication systems ; 4th ed; Oxford University Press, 2009.

Leon-Garcia, Alberto. , Widjaja, Indra; Communication networks : fundamental concepts and key architectures ; 2nd ed; McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,038.00

International fee $5,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering .

All ENEL422 Occurrences

  • ENEL422-17S1 (C) Semester One 2017