Telecommunications Principles

Course code ELE2601

This course introduces you to the building blocks and the principles on which typical electronic communications systems operate.

It examines the nature of signals in both the time and frequency domain and considers how information signals may be transmitted using modulated carrier signals.

Radio frequency transmission lines, radio wave propagation and basic antennas are included, as well as fibre-optic data communication systems.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • describe in detail the principles upon which selected communication systems operate;
  • analyse the operation of representative communication systems using block diagrams;
  • predict or evaluate system parameters for particular applications;
  • compare alternative methods of modulating information onto a carrier waveform;
  • interpret mathematical or graphical descriptions of characteristics of communication system components.


There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.


40% internally assessed

60% exam

For more information and a full list of exam times see our examinations page.