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Specialisation: Electronics Engineering

Award(s) to which this specialisation belongs:
Specialisation Details

Electronics Engineering


Department of Engineering
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Admission Requirements:
Admission to Master of Engineering
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)

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

Requirements for the Specialisation:

Completion of a minimum of 36 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

Additional level

4cp from
Feedback Control Dynamic Systems (4)
Digital Systems Design (4)
Communication Networks (4)
Electronic Devices and Systems (4)
Wireless Technology and Systems (4)
Computer Networks (4)
4cp from
Advanced Telecommunications Engineering (4)
Advanced Computer Engineering (4)
Advanced Electronics Engineering (4)
Advanced Wireless Engineering (4)
28cp from
Software Defined Networking (4)
VLSI, Algorithms, and Systems (4)
High Performance IC Design (4)
Reconfigurable Electronics (4)
Cognitive Radio (4)
Telecommunications Performance Analysis (4)
Beyond 5G Mobile (4)
Heterogeneous Networks: Theory and Practice (4)
Wireless Sensor Network Applications (4)
Internet of Things (4)


Additional Information
Overview and Aims of the Program Macquarie engineers will graduate with an international qualification with the capability for life-long learning. They will be able to maintain and develop skills and knowledge with fast-rate-of-change technologies; and to adapt and change with changing organisation needs.

The outcome of a Macquarie engineering degree is development of a core skill-set of capabilities based in an area of specialisation and in the context of an international perspective distinguished by a broad domain expertise with:
• understanding of systems engineering- the process of understanding and designing a system, or component of a system, to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
• background in fundamental engineering principles - with an ability to apply these to identify, formulate, and solve problems
• competency in principles of professional practice - including project management, business practice, documentation, sustainability, product life-cycle, social and ethical constraints and responsibilities
• practiced capabilities in communications - including personal and interpersonal capabilities to communicate effectively by oral and written means in a variety of contexts including meetings, presentations, customer relations, team leadership and participation;
for careers in the high-technology, precision manufacturing, telecommunications, government and academic sectors. Macquarie Engineers will be prepared for work in research, manufacturing, product development and production, and in operations roles such as sales, marketing, technology management and support.
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, computing, and advanced electronic engineering which could be applied to modern research and development (R&D) problems in electronics and related fields (K, T, E, A)
2. demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical and analytical theory used in the design, analysis, operation, and performance of electrical components, circuits and electronic systems as stand-alone solutions or as part of broader telecommunications, computing, or mechanical systems that may involve software (K, T, P, I, C, E, A, J, L)

3. apply appropriate circuit modelling, measurement, simulation, and computational techniques, and circuit design software tools to solve problems within the scope of electronics engineering R&D (K, T, P, C)
4. use electronics engineering theory and analysis, modelling, computation, and simulation, and measurement knowledge to solve specific problems that would be found in current industrial electronics R&D settings (T, C, E, J)

5. design, implement, test, deploy, and consider the long term maintenance of an electronics circuit or system that would normally be found in a non-academic R&D setting (K,T, P, E, J)
6. apply electronics engineering advanced knowledge, skills, and capabilities to further the state of the art in electronics engineering itself (K, T, P, E)

7. manage, and participate in, complex intra- and cross-disciplinary engineering projects through applying established systematic approaches (K, T, P, E, J)
8. report and communicate using formal documentation, oral presentation, and live demonstration a complex engineering research project, using appropriate technical laboratory skills, data management and synthesis, interpretation of results (K, T, P).
Learning and Teaching Methods The Electronics Engineering post-graduate spcialisation fits within the Master of Engineering degree. This degree is intended to prepare engineers for work in a new or related field of engineering by adding to their body of knowledge within the specialisation as well as further development of their professional skills. For the scientist, the Master of Engineering and related specialisation provide this after an initial year of study underpinning basic engineering process and profession.

The learning activities in the degree are designed to foster these things in the students. The academics involved with this program are active researchers, which enables them to integrate cutting-edge research into the units that they teach.
The majority of the units in this program have practical components supported by small-group teaching sessions in our laboratories. Most units utilise project teams where students work in execute in a real-world engineering environment a problem of relative significance. Communication skills are developed through oral presentations and typical engineering work products. Project management skills are developed through the project work and general time-management components.

The theoretical components of units are presented in lectures and develop the underlying theory, and analytical and problem solving skills. All units have weekly face-to-face activities. Assignments are used for formative and summative purposes. As knowledge in the specialisation is continually evolving, learning and teaching methods support the capacity for students to become independent learners.

All Master of Engineering programs include a stand-alone project as a capstone. The student applies all the skills developed through the coursework but is also required to formulate the approach by which the major requirements will be satisfied.
Assessment Assessment methods are common to all Majors in the Engineering Programs. Refer to the Master 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 Master of Engineering Award for general details.

Employers include:
• banks and financial institutions such as The Macquarie Group, NAB and Commonwealth Bank
• developers and manufacturers of medical devices such as Cochlear
• 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 such as RailCorp
• telecommunications companies such as Optus, Telstra, Nokia, Vodafone, Toshiba and Ericson
• university research laboratories around the world.

Career Opportunities for Electronics Engineers include:
• electronics design and manufacturing engineer
• project and technology manager
• research and development engineer
• telecommunication systems engineer.
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 Accreditation can be sought from Engineers' Australia but only after enough graduates have been through the degree for the retrospective accreditation to be performed. EA will be advised of the addition of the degree and consulted throughout the pre- and post-accreditation cycle.

2017 Unit Information

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