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Major: Telecommunications Engineering

Award(s) to which this major is a Qualifying Major:
Major Details

Telecommunications Engineering


Department of Engineering
Faculty of Science and Engineering

This major must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Major:

Completion of a minimum of 48 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

100 level

Introduction to Computer Programming (3)
Fundamentals of Computer Science (3)
Electrical and Mechanical Principles (3)
Mathematics IA (3)
Mathematics IA (Advanced) (3)
Mathematics IB (3)
Mathematics IB (Advanced) (3)
3cp from
Modern Mechanics (3)
Physics IA (3)
Physics IB (3)

200 level

Data Communications (3)
Signals and Systems (3)
Data Analysis and Visualisation (3)
Mathematics IIA (3)

300 level

Computer Networks (3)
Communication Systems (3)
Communication Networks (3)
Systems Design and Engineering (3)
Probability, Random Processes and Statistics for Engineers (3)

400 level

Advanced Telecommunications Engineering (3)


Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Additional Information
Overview and Aims of the Program Macquarie engineers will graduate with an international qualification with the capability for life-long learning. Refer to the Bachelor of Engineering Award for an overview of the aims of the program.

The Telecommunications Engineering Specialization develops an in-depth understanding of a specific aspect of engineering, with sufficient focus for employment in an initial role. An underpinning knowledge in wireless systems, telecommunications systems, circuits, control, analog/digital systems, and micro controllers is developed into an in-depth understanding by research and industry engagement in communications protocol, traffic, channel modelling, and wireless systems.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated that you should be able to:

1. demonstrate a comprehensive, theory-based understanding of mathematics, physics, computer science, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering fundamentals which form the foundation of modern telecommunications systems (K, T, P, C)
2. understand the basic, intermediate and detailed theoretical concepts which underpin telecommunications engineering—analog and digital communication signals, information theory, noise and stochastic processes, telecommunications components and systems, network theory and management, and analyse classical and new problems in telecommunications engineering (K, T, P, I, C)
3. apply telecommunications engineering design, analysis, measurement, and modelling concepts and techniques, such as selection of fundamental telecommunications technology, specification and planning network resources and management, algorithm and component design, system-level planning, implementation and performance evaluation for problems of some significance in telecommunications (K, T, P, I, C)
4. decompose problems in telecommunications into their constituent software, electronics, mechanical/hardware components using industry-standard techniques, and design and analysis tools, demonstrating the overall performance and justifying the selection of the telecommunications system itself through theory, measurement, and/or simulation using recognized metrics for the relevant system(s) (K, T, P, I, C)
5. conduct a complete telecommunications-based project executing the complete engineering lifecycle inclusive of pre-requirements problem definitions and statement by applying foundational knowledge, engineering technical, ethical, and social principles, and industry-recognised development methodologies, practices, and tools (K, T, P, E, I, C, J)
6. participate as part of an intra- or inter-disciplinary team where the telecommunications engineering activity is whole or part of an engineering solution with broad capabilities that may include mechanical, electrical, and/or software engineering considerations (K, T, P, I, C).
Learning and Teaching Methods Learning and teaching methods are common to all Majors in the Engineering Programs. Refer to the Bachelor of Engineering Award for details.
Assessment Assessment methods are common to all Majors in the Engineering Programs. Refer to the Bachelor of Engineering Award for details.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Refer to the Bachelor of Engineering Award for general details.

Career Opportunities for Telecommunications Engineers are in:
• computer and communications network engineer
• electronics design and manufacturing engineer
• research and development engineer
• telecommunication systems engineer
• telecommunications sales engineer

Employers include:
• banks and financial institutions such as The Macquarie Group, NAB and Commonwealth Bank
• government and university research laboratories such as CSIRO, DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation)
• IT companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and EMC
• public sector institutions at both state and federal level
• telecommunications companies such as Optus, Telstra, Nokia, Vodafone, Toshiba and Ericson
• university research laboratories around the world.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation Accredited as a Professional Engineering Stage 1 qualification by Engineers Australia.
Review cycle is nominaly every five years.
The last review was in 2011.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148