SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624697
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 wireless networking and advanced wireless technologies. The emphasis will be on the wireless networking standards, protocols and applications.


The teaching syllabus will cover the following areas: Wireless LAN Technology: Infrared LANs, Spread Spectrum LANs, Narrowband Microwave LANS. Spread Spectrum techniques, applications, limitations. IEEE802.11 WLAN Standards: Architecture and Services, Medium Access Control, Physical Layer specifications, Security, convolution codes, Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM), WiMAX Wireless PANs and IEEE 802.15: Technologies like Bluetooth and Zigbee; Topology; Protocols; frequency hopping; bandwidths ; link management; error correction; range limitations. Mobile Ad Hoc Networks: Architecture, Security issues, Multichannel MAC protocols, Comparisons, Routing protocols, Energy Conservations protocols, Applications. Antennas and propagations: Antenna requirements for wireless communication networks, Radio wave propagations in mobile environment.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Compare the operation of different advanced wireless LAN technologies and evaluate their performance characteristics for different application requirements (AM1).2. Differentiate IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN standard architectures and compare the services and access mechanisms offered by them (AM1, AM5).3. Analyse the characteristics and protocols of Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs) such as Bluetooth and ZigBee (AM1).4. Examine the antenna requirements and radio wave propagation in wireless and mobile radio environment (AM1) 5. Appraise the routing protocols, power management and applications of mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) (AM1).6. Design a PN sequence generator to use in spread-spectrum communication and CDMA systems (AM1, AM5,)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures with laboratory exercises used to relate theoretical concepts to practical experience. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on emerging technologies. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Stallings, W., 2006. Wireless Communications and Networks. 2nded. New Delhi: Prentice-Hall of India. -360 2. Barbeau,M., Kranakis, E., 2007. Principles of Ad Hoc Networking. England: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. -360 3. Shih-Lin, WU., Tseng, Y.C., 2007. Wireless Ad Hoc networking. New York: Auerbach Publications. -360 4. Lin, Y.B., Chlamtac,I., 2001. Wireless and Mobile Network Architecture. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. Publications: * IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communication. * IEEE Antenna and Propagation. * IEEE Selected are in Communication * IEEE Personal Communication magazin es

Transferrable Skills

Tutorials provide: Problem Solving and Numeracy Laboratories provide: use of IT and Interpersonal/team skills Reports provide: Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

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

Assessment Methods

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