Satellite Communications | Intermediate | UNSW Canberra


This three-day course (which incorporates our Satellite Communications | Overview course as the first day) provides participants with an understanding of the issues associated with the design and provision of modern satellite communications systems. This Satellite Communications | Intermediate course is the first three days of our five-day Satellite Communications | Advanced course.

Some basic familiarity with communications fundamentals is assumed as background knowledge for the course. Attendance at our Basic Communications Principles course is recommended for those who want to gain an understanding of the underlying communications principles before attending this course.

Who Should Attend

Course Outline

Presenter Background

Dates & Registration

Duration: 3 days

Delivery mode: Classroom


Advertised: Canberra

In-house: All states and neighbouring countries, contact the Professional Education Course Unit for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

What you will receive

  • A copy of the book Principles of Satellite Communications, Ryan M.J., Argos Press, Canberra, 2004.
  • Comprehensive course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of completion/attendance*
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Micro-credentials: Successful completion of the full five days of Satellite Communications | Advanced (of which this course is the first three days) will provide students with advanced standing in the postgraduate micro-credential 3UoC course ZEIT8242 Satellite Communication Knowledge. For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our Postgraduate Credit and Micro-Credential page.
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit in eligible postgraduate programs. For more information on postgraduate credit please visit our Postgraduate Credit and Micro-Credential page.

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

*pending final results




Anyone requiring a more detailed understanding of the basic principles underpinning modern satellite communications systems; business managers; project managers; project technical .staff; systems engineers; engineers seeking technology refresh.




Day 1

Satellite Communications | Overview short course

Day 2-3

Propagation Issues and Path Losses

Electromagnetic waves | Transmission path losses and calculation | Propagation for mobile communications systems

Modulation and Multiplexing

Analogue modulation | FM | Bandwidth | Noise effect | Digital modulation | PSK | Spectral efficiency | Multiplexing – Frequency division multiplexing / Time division multiplexing

Multiple Access


Channel Coding

Information theory-reason for channel coding | Channel coding in satellite communication | Block codes | Convolutional codes | Viterbi decoding | Punctured, interleaved, concatenated codes | Turbo codes

Source Coding

Analogue-to-digital conversion | Huffman / predictive / transform coding | Video and audio coding

Link Budget Considerations

Uplink and downlink model | System parameters | Example link budget



Mike Ryan


Associate 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 electrical and ITEE colleges, a Senior Member of IEEE (SMIEEE), a Fellow of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and a Fellow of the Institute of Management and Leadership (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 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 a co-chair of the Requirements Working Group INCOSE. He is the author or co-author of twelve books, three book chapters, and over 200 technical papers and reports.