Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2018.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ELEC2500. Students who have successfully completed ELEC2500 are not eligible to enrol in ELEC3550.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss the fundamental operational and design problems of wireless communication systems.

2. Apply basic techniques to design radio links and basic communication systems.

3. Apply basic mathematical and scientific principles to solve engineering design problems

4. Develop abilities to setup experiments and analyse system performance using wireless systems, hardware and software.

5. Discuss basic technical standards related to 2G/3G/4G wireless systems

6. Discuss basic technical standards related to WiFi and sensor networks.


  1. 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.


This course replaces ELEC2500. If you have successfully completed ELEC2500 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Quiz: Quizzes

Report: Lab Reports x 5

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

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