SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624694
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of the module is to provide the students the basic concepts of cellular mobile communication technologies. The emphasis will be on the principles of cellular network, multiple access techniques, signal encoding techniques and propagation methods and modes used in the mobile communication. This module provides the students with an understanding of various other cellular standards.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Concepts of cellular wireless network Evolution of mobile communication, signals for conveying information in wireless network, review of analog and digital transmission, channel capacity and transmission media. Cellular concept: Frequency Reuse, Reuse distance and number of cells per cluster, Channel assignment, interference, system capacity, Power control, cell splitting, channel assignment, Handover and call blocking. Mobile Radio Propagation Antennas, Propagation modes, LOS propagation, propagation characteristics, fading in the mobile environment, small scale fading and fast fading, multipath propagation, effects of multipath propagation, multipath delay spread, Doppler spread, coherence bandwidth and coherence time, types of fading, fading channel and path loss. Modem, coding and Error compensation techniques Block diagram for a mobile cellular communication network, Signal Encoding Criteria, MSK and Gaussian MSK modulation techniques, RAKE receiver, Vocoders, Linear Predictive Coders, Selection of speech coders for mobile communication, Forward Error Correction, Adaptive equalization and diversity techniques. Multiple Access Techniques and Spread Spectrum systems FDMA, TDMA, CDMA and SDMA multiple access techniques, concept of spread spectrum, frequency hopped spread spectrum, direct sequence spread spectrum, pseudo noise sequence, multiple spreading and synchronization of spread spectrum systems. Cellular systems, standards and emerging technologies Second Generation TDMA and CDMA cellular systems, GSM network architecture, Radio link aspects, GSM Signaling Protocol Architecture, Third Generation systems, Introduction to Fourth Generation. DECT cordless phone standards Cellular Mobile Internet connectivity WAP technologies, Bluetooth protocol- Standards, GPRS, EDGE, 3G Technologies HSDPA, CDMA, UMTS.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Outline the various emerging cellular access standards and technologies (AM1)2. Describe signal encoding and error compensation techniques used in cellular mobile communication.(AM1)3. Discuss the Internet connectivity technologies supported by cellular systems (AM1)4. Analyse the effects of multipath propagation in cellular mobile communication.(AM1,AM4)5. Analyse different spread spectrum systems and multiple access techniques. (AM1, AM4, AM5)6. Design a cellular mobile communication system considering frequency spectrum bandwidth, signal to noise ratio and call blocking parameters (AM1)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Example subsystems/systems, reading assignments, case studies, practical exercises, seminars, and computer aided learning materials will be used in addition to lectures and laboratory work.

Indicative Reading

Books: -360 1. Stallings,W.,2006. Wireless Communications and Networks.2 nd ed.New Delhi: Prentice hall of India Pvt.Ltd. -360 2. Feher,K.,1999. Wireless Digital Communication. New Delhi: Prentice hall of India Pvt.Ltd. -360 3. Tabbane,S.,2000.Handbook of Mobile Radio Networks.Boston:Artech House Publishers -360 4. Haykin,S.,1994. Communication Systems.3 rd ed. New York: John Wiley and Sons. -360 5. Lee,W.C.Y., 2006.Mobile Cellular Telecommunications: Analog and Digital Systems.2 nd ed.Tata McGraw Hill edition. Publications: * IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communication. * IEEE Antenna and Propagation. * IEEE Selected are in Communication

Transferrable Skills

Problem solving - Technical literacy - Independent learning - Communication - CBL Technique

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Practicals (FT) 28.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - unseen exam 3 hour duration
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Lab exercises with written report-1500 words
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - unseen test 90 minutes duration