SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH623520
Module Leader Tuleen Boutaleb
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electronic Engineering
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Communications Engineering

Summary of Content

This module provides the principles for understanding wireless communication system. The focus of this module is to apply the understanding gained in order to design, implement, evaluate and optimise a wireless communication application.


- The wireless channel: propagation mechanisms (reflection, refraction, diffraction and scattering), basic propagation models (path loss, free space loss and link budget) If these are covered in Comms Eng then we can move onto obstruction loss and knife edge diffraction for terrestrial fixed links. Impairments in the troposphere and ionosphere for satellite fixed links. Shadowing and its impact on coverage. AWGN channel, narrowband fading channel, Rayleigh distribution, Rice distribution and wideband channel model. - Antenna analysis, design and measurements. - Cellular concept, cellular networks and overview from 2G to 5G, brief introduction to GSM and GPRS, UMTS and LTE network architecture, radio resource management techniques such as handover, power control and admission control, brief introduction to the radio interface physical layer and associated procedures. - Introduction to WCDMA and OFDM multiple access techniques. - Principle of spread spectrum communication: code generation, synchronisation85etc and spread spectrum types. Case studies: evaluation of potential risks in antenna design and deployment, evaluation of multiple access strategies and then looking at network convergence and enabling technologies of IoT.

Learning Outcomes

On the completion of this module the student should be able to:-Understand the challenges associated with wireless channel.Demonstrate how to design an antenna with a set of given specifications.Understand the challenges associated with cellular network design.Understand the fundamental differences between different multiple access strategies and be able to understand, via case studies, their usage in technologies such as 3G, 4G, LTE, DVB and WiMAX.Understand spread spectrum techniques and their applications such as Bluetooth. Apply appropriate computer based methods in modelling and analysis.Apply good practice to the setup and use of appropriate laboratory instruments.Evaluate potential risks in antenna design and deployment.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be taught by means of lectures, tutorials, laboratory work and case studies. Directed learning is also used to supplement and reinforce the material delivered in this module. Assessment of learning outcomes will be a combination of lab and technical reports and a more detailed examination of the students' knowledge and understanding and problem solving skills in an exam environment. The technical report, will be based on the lab simulation work whereby students are required to demonstrate originality and self-direction in problem solving related to wireless system evaluation. The lab report will be based on the setup of lab instruments and analysis of results. Inclusive and accessible learning is provided throughout this module material but also in the coursework whereby anonymised marking is performed. Individual, timely, high quality and constructive formative feedback is also provided.

Indicative Reading

- Fontan, F. & Espif1eira, P. (2008) Modelling the Wireless Propagation Channel: A simulation approach with Matlab. Publisher: Wiley. - T.S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications, Principles and Practice, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 2002. - J. G. Proakis, Digital Communications, 4th Ed., McGraw Hill, 2001. - Huang, Y. & Boyle, K. (2008) Antennas: From Theory to Practice. Publisher: Wiley. - Miron, D. (2006) SMALL ANTENNA DESIGN Publisher: Elsevier. -- Pe9rez Fonte1n, F. (2008) Modelling the wireless propagation channel: a simulation approach with MATLAB. Publisher: Wiley. - Saunders, Simon R. (2007) Antennas and propagation for wireless communication systems. Publisher: Wiley. - Stallings, W. (2004) Wireless Communications & Networks, 2/E. Publisher: Prentice Hall. - Takagi, H. & Walke, B. (2008) Spectrum Requirement Planning in Wireless Communications: Model and Methodology for IMT - Advanced. Publisher: Wiley. - Tse, D. & Viswanath, R. (2005) Fundamentals of Wireless Communication. Publisher: Cambridge University Press.

Transferrable Skills

-425 TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC SKILLS - specialist knowledge, ability to apply knowledge, logical thinking, critical analysis, problem-solving, written and spoken communication, ability to use numerical data, and research skills PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS - self-confidence, self-discipline, self-reliance, awareness of strengths and weaknesses, creativity, independence, knowledge of international affairs, desire to go on learning, ability to reflect, reliability, integrity, honesty and regard for others ENTERPRISE OR BUSINESS SKILLS - ability to prioritise tasks, time management, interpersonal skills, presentational skills, ability to work in teams and leadership skills, flexibility, innovation, and independence

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (PT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Practicals (PT) 18.00
Independent Learning (PT) 126.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 120.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 0.00 10.00 n/a Lab test
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 70.00 35% Exam
Coursework 1 0.00 20.00 n/a Lab based investigation