Telecommunications

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UAC Code: 
425100
Assumed: 
HSC Maths Ext. 1 and Physics
Intake term 1: 
Yes
Intake term 2: 
Yes
Intake term 3: 
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.

Double degrees

■  Double 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 double 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*

Year 1

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents 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.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents 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.
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
ELEC1111Electrical & Telecommunications EngineeringThis 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 achieved.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents 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.
COMP1511Introduction to ProgrammingThe objective of this course is for students to develop proficiency in programming using a high level language.
COMP1911Computing 1AThis course introduces students to the basics of programming. The objective of the course is for students to develop proficiency in program design and construction using a high-level programming language.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
COMP1521Computer Systems FundamentalsProgrammer's view on how a computer system executes programs, manipulates data and communicates.
MATH2069Mathematics 2ASeveral Variable Calculus:Vectors, differential calculus of curves in R3 and surfaces, Taylor series for functions of two variables, critical points, local maxima and minima.
PHYS1231Higher Physics 1BThis course covers the same content as PHYS1221, with more challenging assessments. Prerequisite: PHYS1131 or PHYS1141 or a mark of 65 or above in PHYS1121. Students who did not achieve that should consult the Director of Academic Studies for EET.

 

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
ELEC2134Circuits and SignalsCo-Requisite: elec1111 or elec1112.
ELEC2141Digital Circuit DesignIntroduction to modern digital logic design, boolean algebra and hardware description language.

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH2099Mathematics 2BPrerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251. Exclusions: MATH2501 and MATH2601.
ELEC2133Analogue ElectronicsPrerequisite: ELEC2134.
DESN2000Engineering Design and Professional PracticeDESN2000 is a new core course for 2020 and replaces a previously required core course. Students should consult the transition arrangements website for futher details. DESN2000 must be taken in the term specified by your school - see the course handbook page for details.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
ELEC3104Digital Signal ProcessingProcessing and analysis of continuous (analogue) and discrete-time (digital) signals.
TELE3118Network TechnologiesThis course provides an in depth analysis of network architrctures in terms of topology, role and layered specification.

 

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC3115Electromagnetic Engineering 
ELEC3106ElectronicsPre-requisites: ELEC2133 and ELEC2141.
TELE3113Analogue and Digital CommunicationsTelecommunication Fundamentals

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
ELEC3114Control SystemsRecognition of what a control system is, and the distinction between simple and complex control systems.
ELEC3117Electrical Engineering DesignDesign Project Management: Introduction to scheduling, costing, marketing, standards, patents, quality, safety, (electronic) manufacturing methods, engineering innovation, Report Writing and Oral Presentations.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreIndustrial Training or Exchange OpportunityGain international exposure and/or industry experience

 

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
TELE3119Trusted NetworksStudents learn about cryptography of telecommunications networks.
ELEC4122Strategic Leadership and EthicsStudents study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
ELEC4951Thesis A 

 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreLevel 3 or 4 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreLevel 3 or 4 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
ELEC4952Thesis B 

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreLevel 3 or 4 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
ELEC4123Electrical Design ProficiencyThe course involves four competency components: Electronic Circuit Design, Control System Design, Signal Processing Design and Power System Design.
ELEC4953Thesis C 

 

Year 1

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
MATH1131Maths 1AStudents 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.
MATH1141Higher Maths 1AStudents 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.
PHYS1121Physics 1AAssumed knowledge: HSC Physics and Mathematics Extension 1 or equivalent. Students that are highly competent in physics may instead enrol in PHYS1131.
PHYS1131Higher Physics 1ACovers the same content as PHYS1121, however features more advanced assessment.
COMP1511Introduction to ProgrammingThe objective of this course is for students to develop proficiency in programming using a high level language.
COMP1911Computing 1AThis course introduces students to the basics of programming. The objective of the course is for students to develop proficiency in program design and construction using a high-level programming language.

Year 2

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ENGG1000Engineering Design and InnovationA team project over a ten week period to solve a practical problem. The key skills developed include concept development, critical thinking and evaluation skills.
MATH1231Maths 1BPrerequisites for this course are MATH1131 or MATH1141. Students that are highly competent (mark >65) in mathematics may instead enrol in MATH1241.
MATH1241Higher Maths 1BStudents 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.
ELEC1111Electrical & Telecommunications EngineeringThis 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 achieved.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
COMP1521Computer Systems FundamentalsProgrammer's view on how a computer system executes programs, manipulates data and communicates.
MATH2099Mathematics 2BPrerequisite: MATH1231 or MATH1241 or MATH1251. Exclusions: MATH2501 and MATH2601.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreGeneral EducationGeneral Education subjects are any subjects that are not offered within your faculty.
MATH2069Mathematics 2ASeveral Variable Calculus:Vectors, differential calculus of curves in R3 and surfaces, Taylor series for functions of two variables, critical points, local maxima and minima.
PHYS1231Higher Physics 1BThis course covers the same content as PHYS1221, with more challenging assessments. Prerequisite: PHYS1131 or PHYS1141 or a mark of 65 or above in PHYS1121. Students who did not achieve that should consult the Director of Academic Studies for EET.

Year 3

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC2134Circuits and SignalsCo-Requisite: elec1111 or elec1112.
ELEC2141Digital Circuit DesignIntroduction to modern digital logic design, boolean algebra and hardware description language.
ELEC3115Electromagnetic Engineering 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC2133Analogue ElectronicsPrerequisite: ELEC2134.
DESN2000Engineering Design and Professional PracticeDESN2000 is a new core course for 2020 and replaces a previously required core course. Students should consult the transition arrangements website for futher details. DESN2000 must be taken in the term specified by your school - see the course handbook page for details.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC3104Digital Signal ProcessingProcessing and analysis of continuous (analogue) and discrete-time (digital) signals.
Read moreLevel 3 or 4 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
TELE3118Network TechnologiesThis course provides an in depth analysis of network architrctures in terms of topology, role and layered specification.

Year 4

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC3106ElectronicsPre-requisites: ELEC2133 and ELEC2141.
TELE3113Analogue and Digital CommunicationsTelecommunication Fundamentals
TELE3119Trusted NetworksStudents learn about cryptography of telecommunications networks.

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
Read moreIndustrial Training or Exchange OpportunityGain international exposure and/or industry experience

 

Term 3

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC4951Thesis A 
Read moreLevel 3 or 4 ElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.
Read moreElectiveVisit the handbook to view available electives.

Year 5

Term 1

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC4122Strategic Leadership and EthicsStudents study theories of leadership, engineering ethics, principles and practice.
ELEC4123Electrical Design ProficiencyThe course involves four competency components: Electronic Circuit Design, Control System Design, Signal Processing Design and Power System Design.
ELEC4952Thesis B 

Term 2

Course codeCourse nameNotes
ELEC3114Control SystemsRecognition of what a control system is, and the distinction between simple and complex control systems.
ELEC3117Electrical Engineering DesignDesign Project Management: Introduction to scheduling, costing, marketing, standards, patents, quality, safety, (electronic) manufacturing methods, engineering innovation, Report Writing and Oral Presentations.
ELEC4953Thesis C 

* 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.

Last updated 4/9/19