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Unit of study_

ELEC3405: Communications Electronics and Photonics

This unit of study provides an introduction to the fundamental operation and design of transmitter and receiver subsystems for two broad classes of communications systems: those based on electronic transmission and those based on optical transmission. In the area of electronic communication subsystems, the course presents transmitter and receiver design. Topics relating to the transmitter comprise electronic oscillator sources, tuned electronic amplifiers, and modulators. Topics relating to receiver design comprise RF and IF frequency selective amplifiers, mixers, demodulators, phase-lock loops, feedback amplifiers, and high frequency RF and microwave communication amplifiers. In the area of optical communication subsystems, the course presents photonic transmitters and receivers. On the transmitter side this focuses on the principles of light generation in optical sources such as semiconductor lasers and light emitting diodes, electro-optic modulation of light, and optical amplifiers. On the receiver side, photodetectors, optical receivers, and front-end circuits are discussed. The principles and design of these subsystems are considered with reference to a basic optoelectronic communication link.

Code ELEC3405
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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ELEC2104. A background in basic electronics and circuit theory is assumed.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. undertake inquiry and knowledge development using varied sources and media formats to synthesise and supplement information pertinent to the course work presented
  • LO2. make written presentations in the form of lab and project reports
  • LO3. work in a team and sustain the process of creative team interaction for the design of a complete electronic communication system by assuming various roles, being open to alternate viewpoints and contributing creatively to achieve completion on time and within scope
  • LO4. design, implement and test a complete electronic communication system that can transmit information, using technical principles and design methodology presented throughout the course
  • LO5. demonstrable understanding of oscillator sources, tuned amplifiers, and modulators, including RF and IF frequency selective amplifiers, mixers, demodulators, and feedback amplifiers
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding of light generation in optical sources such as semiconductor lasers and light emitting diodes, modulation of light, photo detectors, and optical receivers circuits
  • LO7. apply the principles of communications electronics and photonics to a basic optoelectronic link as part of a specific engineering design problem
  • LO8. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of electronic communication transmitters and receivers to the extent of the material presented in the course
  • LO9. describe the principles of optical communication transmitters and receivers to the limit of the material presented throughout the course.

Unit outlines

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