SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH623518
Module Leader Tuleen Boutaleb
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Electronic Engineering
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The module aims to provide the student with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the air interface of modern wireless communication systems and the theory and practice of antennas currently in use in these systems. These systems include satellite, mobile equipment, base stations and embedded devices. This will be studied along with the propagation characteristics of electromagnetic signals in the appropriate frequency ranges.


- Brief overview of antennas and introduction to arrays. - Antennas for mobile phones, base stations, satellite ES and embedded devices. - Smart antennas and MIMO. - Antennas and arrays for mmWave applications; fundamentals of on-chip and in-package mmWave antennas and adaptive antenna arrays. - Brief overview of propagation principles with emphasis on fading, shadowing. - Time variant and time invariant 2 path model, small scale with and without dominant component fading and large scale fading. - Channel models; narrowband, wideband and directional. - Propagation in fixed links, fixed satellite and mobile networks. - Indoor propagation; picocells and femtocells Case Studies: underwater wireless sensor networks

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:- Further develop their knowledge and understanding to embrace new theories, techniques and issues related to antennas and propagation as they emerge;- Develop a sound knowledge of state-of-the-art simulation tool for the investigation of terrain modelling.- A systematic understanding of and a critical awareness of the issues and problems associated with the use of antennas in wireless communications systems;- A systematic understanding of and a critical awareness of the important issues relating to radiowave propagation paths in modern wireless communications systems;- Critical evaluation of current antenna and propagation research and demonstration of the ability to interpret research in terms of potential practical usefulness.

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 lab based report and a more detailed examination of the students' knowledge and understanding and problem solving skills in an exam environment. In the lab based report, students are not only required to demonstrate originality and self-direction in problem solving related to wireless system evaluation, but also to be able to critically evaluate current research to be able to compare with their results. The module offers personalised learning as students are given 2 research papers, one of which is required to be read and discussed by all students and the other paper is chosen according to interest and future area of progress of each student. 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

Books: - J. Volakis, Antenna Engineering Handbook, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0071475747 - T.S. Rappaport et al, Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications, Prentice Hall, 2014, ISBN: 0132172283 - A. Molisch, Wireless Communications, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0470741863 - C. Bowick, RF Circuit Design, 2nd Edition, Newnes, 2007, ISBN-13: 978-0750685184 - D. Fleisch and L. Kinnaman, A Student's Guide to Waves, Cambridge University Press, 2015, ISBN-13: 978-1107643260 - F.T. Ulaby et al, Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, 7th Edition, Prentice Hall, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0133356816 - S. Saunders and A. Aragf3n-Zavala, Antennas and Propagation for Wireless Communication Systems, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-470-84879-1 - F. Gross, Smart Antennas with MATLAB, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2015, ISBN-13: 978-0071822381 Journals: IEEE Transactions on wireless communications. IEEE Communications letters IEEE Communications Magazine IEEE Transactions on communications IET Communications IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters. IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation.

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
Lectures (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 98.00
Assessment (PT) 10.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00
Tutorials (PT) 6.00
Practicals (PT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 98.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 45% Analytical and solving problems
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 45% lab based investigation