ENEL422-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Communications Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Topics covered: baseband transmission, signal space, digital modulation and reception, equalization, communications systems, error control coding and networking.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe basic networking concepts and techniques with particular emphasis on ARQ techniques and MAC protocols.
2. Encode and decode block and convolutional codes.
3. Analyze the distance and error correction capabilities of error control codes.
4. Represent the convolutional codes in terms of state diagrams and trellises.
5. Perform modulation and demodulation using PSK, QAM and FSK.
6. Calculate the error probability of various modulations including PSK and QAM.
7. Describe an OFDM system and design the structure, coding and modulation.
8. Describe spread spectrum technology in terms of block diagrams and equations.
9. Specify and analyze filtering and line coding specifications and requirements for digital transmission.
10. Develop equalization strategies and configurations for mitigating the effects of intersymbol interference in digital systems.
11. Develop an awareness of upcoming communications systems and their potential impact on New Zealand and internationally.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.




Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 Rehua 101 Lectorial
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 17:00 - 18:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
29 Mar - 4 Apr

Course Coordinator

Philippa Martin


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test 30%
Assignment 20%
Final Exam 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering.

All ENEL422 Occurrences

  • ENEL422-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021