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Directed Studies (ELEN90011)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90011
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date


Directed studies provide the students with broader experience in addition to the regular class based learning. The directed studies can be conducted in the forms of:

  • Industrial internship or research placements in the research institutes based on the availability. This is only open to the students during their second semester who have achieved average of H2B and above in the first semester;
  • Individually arranged supervised study of current research topics with staff members associated with the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.


The examples of the research topics are:

  1. Cloud Computing, Content Distribution and Information Logistics;
  2. Internet Services Energy Star Rating;
  3. Energy Efficiency of Future Modulation Formats;
  4. Low-Energy Fibre Access Networks;
  5. Video Coding for Energy Efficient Telecommunications;
  6. Fundamental Limits of Electronics and Photonics;
  7. Broadband fibre wireless networks and systems;
  8. Optimal design of few-mode fibres.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this subject it is expected that the student be able to:

  1. Keep abreast with the current trends and developments in the telecom industry
  2. Acquire the first-hand experience in the basic practices in the telecom industry
  3. Obtain creative mathematical and computational skills necessary for the solution of complex theoretical and practical problems
  4. Develop an ability to successfully work independently with personal accountability in solving problems in telecommunications engineering

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, the students should have developed the following skills:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Critical and creative thinking, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • Sense of intellectual curiosity;
  • Ability to interpret data and research results;
  • Ability to learn in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies;
  • Capacity to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature;
  • Ability to develop models of practical applications and evaluate their performance by rigorous analytical means.

Last updated: 22 August 2019