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Wireless Communication Systems

Semester 1

This course offers a definitive professional's overview of wireless communications technology and system design. Virtually every important new wireless standard and technological development, including W-CDMA, cdma2000, UMTS, and UMC 136/EDGE; IEEE 802.11 and HIPERLAN WLANs; Bluetooth, LMDS, and more, have been reviewed. The technologies and applications that drive the development of 2G, 2.5G, and 3G systems are explored. An overview of the 4G technologies is presented.

  • Introduction to wireless communication systems
  • Modern Wireless communication systems: 2G, 2.5G and 3G technologies
  • Introduction to 4G technologies
  • The cellular concept: system design fundamentals
  • Mobile radio propagation: large scale path loss; small scale fading and multi-path
  • Modulation techniques for mobile radio 
  • Equalization, Diversity and Channel coding;
  • Speech Coding
  • Multiple access techniques for wireless communications
  • Wireless networking
  • Wireless systems and standards

One 2-hour final exam                                      60%

One 1-hour in-course test                                             20%

Five Take home assignments (equal weighting)  20%

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of wireless cellular communication from wired communications
  • Describe the development, features, and improvements of 2nd and 3rd  generation wireless standards
  • Explain the terms FDMA, TDMA, and CDMA as they relate to cellular systems
  • Explain the characteristics of the major 2nd generation wireless standards (GSM and CDMA)
  • Describe techniques that may be used to increase system capacity
  • Calculate total interference power at a cell edge
  • Describe the techniques used in speech coding
  • Describe both conceptually and mathematically the causes of signal fading
  • Explain the effect of equalization, diversity and channel coding on signal transmission
  • Determine appropriate modulation schemes for selected bandwidth requirements
  • Explain the principles and design requirements of a wireless network
  • Design and construct wireless communication systems that complies with the regulation and standards for the wireless industry

Text Book:

Rapapport, T. S. (2009) Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice. Pearson Education. ISBN 978-8131-73186-4

Supplemental Reading :

Du, K.-L. & Swamy, M. N. S. (2010) Wireless Communication Systems-From RF subsystems to 4G enabling technologies. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-11403-5

Tse, D. and Viswanath (2005) Fundamentals of wireless communication. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 13 978-0-521-84527-4

Internet Resources:

Online Power Point slides (downloadable)

Online text copy

Cellular communication tutorial (PDF)

Modeling of wireless communication system using Matlab

Course Code: 
3 Credits
Level 3
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