The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course introduce students to wireless communication systems. It introduces radio propagation and transmission principles used in different wireless communication systems such as mobile telephone, satellite communication, TV and radio transmissions. The course discusses radio channel characteristics such as fading, interference and Doppler shift to develop a good understanding of the radio engineering area. Students are introduced to different techniques used to support voice, data and video communication in wireless systems and examine the basic design wireless networks from both theoretical and practical perspectives.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): ELEC3550. Students who have successfully completed ELEC3550 are not eligible to enrol in ELEC4550.

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 set up experiments and analyse systems performance using wireless systems, hardware and software

5. Discuss basic technical standards related to cellular wireless networks

6. Discuss basic technical standards related to ad hoc networks


  •              Point to point communication systems and capacity theorems
  •              Wireless channel characteristics: radio models and wave propagation, delay and Doppler spread
  •              Diversity and equalisation
  •              Source coding
  •              Error detection and correction
  •             Spread spectrum
  •             OFDM
  •             Multi-user communications and multi-user interference mitigation
  •             Wireless cellular and ad-hoc networks and standards

Assumed knowledge

ELEC3540 Analog and Digital Communications

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Final examination

Quiz: Quizzes

Written Assignment: Assignment

Report: Lab Reports

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term