The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course handbook


This course covers the concepts necessary to design a wireless communication system. 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 wireless channel characteristics such as fading, interference and Doppler shift to develop an advanced understanding of the radio engineering area. The course examines different techniques used to support voice, data and video communication in wireless systems, and also discusses wireless networks and their basic design from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

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

4. Set up experiments and analyse system performance using wireless systems, hardware and software.

5. Discuss basic technical standards related to cellular and ad hoc wireless networks

6. Select and combine different wireless technologies for specific applications


  • Point to point communication systems and capacity theorems
  • Wireless channel characteristics: radio models and wave propagation, delay and Dopplar 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


If you have completed ELEC3550 or ELCE4550, you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

ELEC3540 Analog and Digital Communications

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Quiz: Quizzes

Report: Lab Reports

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

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