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ELEC5507: Error Control Coding

This unit deals with the principles of error control coding techniques and their applications in various communication and data storage systems. Its aim is to present the fundamentals of error control coding techniques and develop theoretical and practical skills in the design of error control encoders/decoders. Successful completion of this unit will facilitate progression to advanced study or to work in the fields of telecommunications and computer engineering. It is assumed that the students have some background in communications principles and probability theory. The following topics are covered: Introduction to error control coding, Linear algebra, Linear block codes, Cyclic codes, BCH codes, Reed-Solomon codes, Applications of block codes in communications, Convolutional codes, Viterbi algorithm, Applications of convolutional codes in communications, Soft decision decoding of block and convolutional codes, LDPC codes, Turbo codes, MIMO and rateless codes.

Details

Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC5507
Unit name Error Control Coding
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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Fundamental mathematics including probability theory and linear algebra. Basic knowledge on digital communications. Basic MATLAB programming skills is desired.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Yonghui Li, yonghui.li@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Final exam
60% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO7 LO6 LO5
Participation Tutorial performance
10% Multiple weeks n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Project
30% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
group assignment = group assignment ?

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to error control coding (2 hr)  
Week 02 Binary field, vector space and linear block codes (2 hr)  
Week 03 Decoding of binary linear block codes (2 hr)  
Week 04 Cyclic codes (2 hr)  
Week 05 BCH codes (2 hr)  
Week 06 Decoding of BCH codes and Reed-Solomon codes (2 hr)  
Week 07 Burst error correcting codes and soft decision decoding (2 hr)  
Week 08 Convolutional codes (2 hr)  
Week 09 Viterbi decoding of convolutional codes (2 hr)  
Week 10 Trellis Coded Modulation (TCM) (2 hr)  
Week 11 Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) codes (2 hr)  
Week 12 Review (2 hr)  
Week 13 Project presentation (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Students need to attend all class sessions. The attendance will be recorded. 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

There are no specific prescribed readings for this unit

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. demonstrate proficiency in knowledge development on the specific topic of error control coding using open literature to keep up to date with new advancements
  • LO2. write reports to communicate complex and often technical information on error control systems, using clear and concise language at a level commensurate with the expected stakeholder knowledge and interest
  • LO3. work in a team by defining clear responsibilities, drawing on the knowledge and skills of others, and showing initiative by contributing constructively towards the delivery of a solution for a specific engineering problem
  • LO4. design and evaluate error control coding schemes using probability theory to the extent of the material presented
  • LO5. demonstrate an understanding of various error control coding techniques and their applications in telecommunication and data storage systems
  • LO6. analyse error control schemes using principles and techniques developed to identify bottlenecks and optimize performance
  • LO7. demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and practical skills in the design of error control encoders and decoders.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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