Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides a thorough introduction to the basic principles and techniques used in analog and digital communications. The course will introduce analog and digital modulation techniques, communication receiver and transmitter design, baseband and bandpass communication techniques, line coding techniques, noise analysis, and multiplexing techniques. The course also introduces analytical techniques to evaluate the performance of communication systems.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 1 - 2022 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2022 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand basic elements of a communication system

2. Conduct analysis of baseband signals in time domain and in frequency domain

3. Demonstrate understanding of various analog and digital modulation and demodulation techniques techniques.

4. Analyse the performance of modulation and demodulation techniques in various transmission environments

5. Appreciate the importance of synchronisation in communication systems


1.       Basic elements of a communication system

2.       Deterministic signal characterisation and analysis

3.       Review of probability theory, random variables and random processes

4.       Analog modulation and demodulation techniques: AM, FM

5.       Sampling and quantisation

6.       Optimum receiver for binary data transmission

7.       Baseband data transmission and line coding techniques

8.       Basic digital passband modulation and demodulation techniques: BASK, BPSK, BFSK, QPSK, OQPSK, MSK

9.       M-ary signalling techniques

10.   Signalling over bandlimited channels

11.   Synchronisation

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises and Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Quiz: Quiz - Class

Contact hours

PSB Singapore and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 2

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