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ELEC5510: Satellite Communication Systems (2014 - Semester 2)
|Unit:||ELEC5510: Satellite Communication Systems (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Electrical & Information Engineering|
Professor Vucetic, Branka
|Session options:||Semester 2|
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|Brief Handbook Description:||Satellite communication systems provide fixed and mobile communication services over very large areas of land, sea and air. This unit presents the fundamental knowledge and skills in the analysis and design of such systems. It introduces students to the broad spectrum of satellite communications and its position in the entire telecommunications network; helps students to develop awareness of the key factors affecting a good satellite communications system and theoretical and practical skills in the design of a satellite communications link.
Topic areas include: satellite communication link design; propagation effects and their impact on satellite performance; satellite antennas; digital modem design, speech codec design; error control for digital satellite links.
|Assumed Knowledge:||Knowledge of error probabilities, analog and digital modulation techniques and error performance evaluation studied in ELEC3505 Communications and ELEC4505 Digital Communication Systems, is assumed.|
|T&L Activities:||Site Visit: The visit is organized to gain some practical aspects in Fixed and Mobile Satellite Services.
Laboratory: The RF Simulink Lab is designed to observe the performance of a satellite system.
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|Use engineering fundamental topics along with the basics of science and mathematics to solve specific subject related problems. Simulation based laboratory practice, tutorials and project design require critical thinking and problem solving.||Design (Level 4)|
|Understanding of basic modulation and coding schemes and the analysis of their performance. Appreciation of their applications in satellite communications.||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)|
|An appreciation of the various forms of information within the engineering discipline including technical books and reports, research articles, customer requirements and industry standards. These attributes are acquired through the project work and laboratory/tutorials.||Information Seeking (Level 2)|
|Communicate in a concise and clear manner, ideas, concepts and solutions to both technical and non technical audiences.
These skills are taught in lectures, tutorials and the project and exercised in the project report as well as the oral project presentation.
|Communication (Level 2)|
|Effective collaboration within a team and an appreciation of the importance of various team roles. These abilities are taught in the laboratory/tutorials and through project work.||Project and Team Skills (Level 2)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Design (Level 4)
Project: Group project
Final Exam: Exam
|Policies & Procedures:||See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.|
|Online Course Content:||http://elearning.sydney.edu.au|
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 2||Transponder characteristics, modulation and filtering|
|Week 3||Satellite link design|
|Week 4||Link budget|
|Week 5||Propagation and channel models|
|Week 6||Error control coding|
|Week 7||Error control coding|
|Week 8||Speech coding|
|Week 9||Speech coding|
|Week 11||Field trip|
|Week 12||Modem design|
|Assessment Due: Project|
|Week 13||Modem design, project presentation|
|STUVAC (Week 14)||Independent study|
|Exam Period||End of semester exam|
|Assessment Due: Final Exam|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 4)||Yes||24.17%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)||Yes||24.17%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)||No||0%|
|Information Seeking (Level 2)||Yes||22.5%|
|Communication (Level 2)||Yes||24.17%|
|Project and Team Skills (Level 2)||Yes||5%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.