Wireless Communications

Course code ELEC3550Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The course provides an introduction to wireless communication systems. The course will introduce radio propagation and transmission principles used in different wireless communication systems such as mobile telephone, satellite communication, TV and radio transmissions. The course will discuss radio channel characteristics such as fading, interference and doppler shift to develop a good understanding of the radio engineering area. The course will discuss different techniques used to support voice, data and video communication in wireless systems. The course will also discuss the wireless networks and their basic design thereof from both theoretical and practical points of view.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011
ObjectivesThe course provides students with a very good understanding of basic wireless communications engineering techniques and principles used in modern telecommunication networks such 3G/4G systems, WiFi, Satellite communications, etc. The course will start with discussions on radio propagation and link modelling techniques. The course then focuses on multi-user communication issues such as interference, channel coding, network access techniques and channel sharing techniques. The course also discusses the fading channel problems and minimisation techniques. The course then discusses on telephone network architecture in the context of mobile telephony and other wireless communications systems. Basic cellular mobile telephone network design issues are discussed. The course also discusses basic satellite communication techniques. Students will develop both analytical and practical skills and competencies by successfully completing the course.
Content1. Radio transmission: Propagation models, ground wave, space wave, ionospheric propagation, fading, interference, noise analysis, doppler effect.
2. Multiuser communication: multiuser communication techniques, access techniques, interference, interference mitigation techniques.
3. Mobile Telephony: Telephone systems, frequency reuse technique, cellular architecture, handover techniques, mobility management.
4. Satellite Communications: geometry, transmission and access techniques, radio sub systems, link design, network, applications.
5. Mobile Communication Systems: GSM, UMTS and LTE Networks.
6. Wireless Local Area Network IEEE802.11, Bluetooth and IEEE802.15.4 based sensor networks.
Replacing Course(s)ELEC2500
TransitionNot to count for ELEC2500. Those who need to repeat ELEC2500 should enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeELEC3540
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignmentsas per course handout.
Examination: FormalFormal as per Universitys timetable.
Laboratory Exercisesas per course handout.
Quiz - Classas per course handout
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 5 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ELEC3550