Basic Communications Principles



This course is aimed at introducing the basic principles, concepts, technologies, and systems associated with modern communications systems. It starts with consideration of the basic principles of communication, describes the fundamental building blocks of communications systems, and then introduces the system themselves.

No prior technical or communications knowledge is assumed and the course is designed for audiences who do not necessarily have a technical background but have a need to understand how to harness the power of modern communications systems. The course provides an excellent basic introduction to communications systems.

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Online

What you will receive:

  • A copy of the book Fundamentals of Communications and Information Systems, Ryan M., Frater M. and Pickering M., Argos Press, 2011.
  • Comprehensive electronic course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of  approved professional education short courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs

Affiliated courses:  Satellite Communications | Overview (1 day), Satellite Communications | Intermediate (3 days) & Satellite Communications | Advanced (5 days)

*pending final results


Anyone requiring an understanding of the basic principles underpinning modern communications systems, including, but not limited to;

Business managers Systems engineers
Project managers Engineers seeking technology refresh



Analogue Modulation


Transmitters and Receivers

Transmission Media

Radio Propagation



Internet working

Types of Communications Systems

Satellite Communications

Mobile Communications


Emerging Technologies


Professor Mike Ryan holds BE, MEngSc and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New South Wales. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust), a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) in systems engineering, electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (FINCOSE), and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML). Since 1981, he has held a number of positions in communications and systems engineering and in management and project management. Since 1998, he has been with the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, at the Australian Defence Force Academy where he is currently the Director of the Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests are in communications and information systems, requirements engineering, systems engineering, project management, and technology management. He is the Editor-in-Chief of an international journal, and is Co-Chair of the Requirements Working Group INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 250 technical papers and reports.



23 November 2020 - 25 November 2020