Telecommunications

(Honours)
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UAC Code: 
425100
93
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
T3 Entry: 
Yes
Adeline Yeung

So far I've found the design-focused subjects the most fun. There's nothing more satisfying than going through all the trials and tribulations, and then ending up with a working product.

Adeline Yeung

What's it all about?

■  Telecommunications explores how information is transferred from one point to another, whether that's high resolution images of a distant planet, or massive bandwidth video-on-demand flying across the next-generation Internet. Telecommunications engineers design, develop and maintain all aspects of voice and data communications systems.

What does it include?

■  This is an area of specialisation within the field of Electrical Engineering. It's concerned with all aspects of theory and applications for a broad range of systems such as telephone and data networks, radio and TV, satellites and deep space applications. To get you work ready, you'll apply these skills through 60-days of approved industry training.

Where will you work?

■  This field is developing rapidly and the demand for graduates is evolving as the technology advances and broadens its scope of applications. You could work for telecommunications service providers such as iiNet or Skype, major equipment and device manufacturers such as Cisco, Apple or Huawei; or a wide range of start-up companies such as Airhop Communications, Cloudscaling, Devicescape or UNSW's own Zedelef. Demand has been boosted by huge infrastructure projects like the NBN.

Dual degrees

■  Dual degrees are a great way of graduating with a wider breadth of knowledge, better preparing you for your future career. For more information, visit our dual degrees page to find one that suits your interests.

Program outlines

■  Sample program outlines are given in the tables below. If you would like to see a downloadable version of these outlines, please visit our student resources page.

Sample Program Outlines*

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1511 Introduction to Programming The objective of this course is for students to develop proficiency in programming using a high level language. COMP1917 is the preferred computing course for the Mechatronic Engineering stream.
COMP1911 Computing 1A This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
MATH1141 Higher Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1521 Computer Systems Fundamentals Programmer's view on how a computer system executes programs, manipulates data and communicates.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241 Higher Maths 1B Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1231 or MATH1241. MATH1241 covers the same topics as MATH1231 but in greater depth. A minimum mark of 65 in MATH1131 or MATH1141 is required for enrolment in MATH1241 instead of MATH1231.
PHYS1131 Higher Physics 1A Covers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC1111 Electrical & Telecommunications Engineering This course is available all year round and can be completed in the space of a Year 1 Elective. It has no prerequisites and it isn't one itself for any other courses in this degree plan. However, ELEC1111 must be completed in order for this degree to be acheived.
MATH2069 Mathematics 2A Available only to students for whom it is specifically required as part of their program. MATH2018 is equivalent to MATH2019.
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This course covers the same content as PHYS1221, with more challenging assessments. Prerequisite: PHYS1131 or PHYS1141 or a mark of 65 or above in PHYS1121.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2134 Circuits and Signals Co-Requisite: elec1111 or elec1112.
ELEC2141 Digital Circuit Design Introduction to modern digital logic design, boolean algebra and hardware description language.
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2133 Analogue Electronics Prerequisite: ELEC2134.
ELEC2142 Embedded Systems Design An introduction to programmer model of computer organisation using assembly and machine language.
MATH2099 Mathematics 2B Prerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251. Exclusions: MATH2501 and MATH2601.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3117 Electrical Engineering Design Design Project Management: Introduction to scheduling, costing, marketing, standards, patents, quality, safety, (electronic) manufacturing methods, engineering innovation, Report Writing and Oral Presentations.
Read more General Education You can't select a General Education course from within your own faculty.
TELE3118 Network Technologies This course provides an in depth analysis of network architrctures in terms of topology, role and layered specification.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3104 Digital Signal Processing Processing and analysis of continuous (analogue) and discrete-time (digital) signals.
TELE3113 Analogue & Digital Communications This course introduces students to the fundamentals of telecommunications.
TELE3119 Trusted Networks Students learn about cryptography of telecommunications networks.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3106 Electronics Pre-requisites: ELEC2133 and ELEC2141.
ELEC3114 Control Systems Recognition of what a control system is, and the distinction between simple and complex control systems.
Read more Level 3/4 Elective Level 3/4 Elective

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity Gain international exposure and/or industry experience

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3115 Electromagnetic Engineering 0
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics Students study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
ELEC4951 Research Thesis (1/3) Research Thesis (1/3)

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4123 Electrical Design Proficiency The course involves four competency components: Electronic Circuit Design, Control System Design, Signal Processing Design and Power System Design.
Read more Level 3/4 Elective Level 3/4 Elective
ELEC4952 Research Thesis (2/3) Research Thesis (2/3)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
Read more Discipline Elective Recommendations for different degrees in link.
ELEC4953 Research Thesis (3/3) Research Thesis (3/3)

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1911 Computing 1A This course is designed for non-computing majors who want a solid introduction to programming.
ENGG1000 Engineering Design and Innovation A team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
LAWS1052

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
LAWS1061
MATH1131 Maths 1A Students have the option to enrol in either MATH1131 or MATH1141. MATH1141 covers the same topics as MATH1131 but in greater depth. Assumed knowledge for MATH1141: Students will be expected to have achieved a combined HSC mark in Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 over 175.
PHYS1121 Physics 1A Assumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC1111 Electrical & Telecommunications Engineering This course also appears on the Faculty First Year Elective list. As a student of UNSW Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, you have the opportunity to take a Discipline Elective in place of a Faculty First Year Elective because this is a core course.
MATH1231 Maths 1B Prerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
PHYS1231 Higher Physics 1B This course covers the same content as PHYS1221, with more challenging assessments. Prerequisite: PHYS1131 or PHYS1141 or a mark of 65 or above in PHYS1121.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2134 Circuits and Signals Co-Requisite: elec1111 or elec1112.
ELEC2141 Digital Circuit Design Introduction to modern digital logic design, boolean algebra and hardware description language.
LAWS1021

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC2133 Analogue Electronics Prerequisite: ELEC2134.
ELEC2142 Embedded Systems Design An introduction to programmer model of computer organisation using assembly and machine language.
MATH2099 Mathematics 2B Prerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251. Exclusions: MATH2501 and MATH2601.

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
LAWS1150
MATH2069 Mathematics 2A Available only to students for whom it is specifically required as part of their program. MATH2018 is equivalent to MATH2019.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3104 Digital Signal Processing Processing and analysis of continuous (analogue) and discrete-time (digital) signals.
ELEC3115 Electromagnetic Engineering 0
Read more Eng Elective

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
COMP1521 Computer Systems Fundamentals Programmer's view on how a computer system executes programs, manipulates data and communicates.
ELEC3106 Electronics Pre-requisites: ELEC2133 and ELEC2141.
LAWS1022

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3117 Electrical Engineering Design Design Project Management: Introduction to scheduling, costing, marketing, standards, patents, quality, safety, (electronic) manufacturing methods, engineering innovation, Report Writing and Oral Presentations.
LAWS1141
TELE3118 Network Technologies This course provides an in depth analysis of network architrctures in terms of topology, role and layered specification.

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
LAWS1075
TELE3113 Analogue & Digital Communications This course introduces students to the fundamentals of telecommunications.
TELE3119 Trusted Networks Students learn about cryptography of telecommunications networks.

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC3114 Control Systems Recognition of what a control system is, and the distinction between simple and complex control systems.
Read more Law Elective
LAWS1230

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Eng Elective
LAWS1160
LAWS2385

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4122 Strategic Leadership and Ethics Students study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
LAWS1091
LAWS2371

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Law Elective
ELEC4951 Research Thesis (1/3)

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Law Elective
Read more Prescribed Law Elective
ELEC4952 Research Thesis (2/3)

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4123 Electrical Design Proficiency The course involves four competency components: Electronic Circuit Design, Control System Design, Signal Processing Design and Power System Design.
LAWS2150
ELEC4953 Research Thesis (3/3)

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
LAWS2270 Law in the Global Context
LAWS2351
LAWS2383

Term 3

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Industrial Training or Exchange Opportunity

Term 1

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Law Elective
Read more Law Elective

Term 2

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Law Elective
Read more Law Elective

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only and are not an exhaustive list of the possible degree combinations or program structures. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides. All students should read the program rules prior to enrolling.