SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MMH626242
Module Leader Tuleen Boutaleb
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Audio and Electronic Engineering
  • A (September start)

Summary of Content

The module aims to provide the student with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of modern wired and wireless communication systems. The operation of a wide range of state-of-the-art telecommunication systems will be studied, e.g. satellite and optical systems, digital cellular mobile networks and wireless data networks.


Current and proposed mobile cellular systems 3G, LTE and 5G Physical and logical channels Network infrastructure Cell types OFDM and GFDM Mobility management Ad hoc networks Overview of cooperative and multihop communications with emphasis on routing, energy efficiency and resources allocation Optical communication systems Optical fibre, optical sources, optical detectors, optical communication systems Satellite systems Such as Globalstar, AceS, Thuraya, Astrolink, EuroSkyWay and Teledesic Internet and multimedia services in MSS Wireless LAN technologies 802.11a/g OFDM based LAN, frequency bands, modulation and coding, synchronisation and channel estimation. 802.11n multiple antennas techniques, modulation and coding and channel estimation. Case Studies: radio resource management techniques in mobile networks, QoS measurements for different types of services using mobile networks and VANET channel assignment strategy.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:Deal systematically and creatively with the complexity of current wireless, optical communication and industrial communications systems and make sound technical and commercial judgements;- Demonstrate originality and self-direction in problem solving related to wireless system implementation and evaluation;- 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 tools for the investigation of wireless system functionality, evaluation and design.- Critical evaluation of current research in wireless, optical and industrial communications systems and demonstration of the ability to interpret research in terms of potential practical usefulness. - Develop an awareness of issues at the forefront of modern wireless communication systems by critical appreciation of current research, relating current research to practical applications and knowledge of developments in national and international radio regulatory requirements.

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 an oral test and a more detailed examination of the students' knowledge and understanding and problem solving skills in an exam environment. The oral test, will be based on the lab simulation work whereby students not only are 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 lab based work encourages diverge thinking as students are asked to identify current performance problems with a mobile network model and to suggest a number of solutions which then needs to be implemented in the model and tested. 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: - R. Sheriff et al, Mobile satellite communication networks. John Wiles & Sons Ltd: United Kingdom, 2001. - B. Bing, Wireless Local Area Networks: The New Wireless Revolution. John Wiles & Sons Ltd: United Kingdom, 2002. - P. Nicopolitidis et al, Wireless Networks. John Wiles & Sons Ltd: United Kingdom, 2001. - A. Molisch, Wireless Communications, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2010, ISBN-13: 978-0470741863 - L. Korowajczuk, LTE-A, WiMAX 2.2 and WLAN (4G/5G): Network Design, Optimization and Performance Analysis, Wiley, 2015, ISBN-13: 978-1118897003 - J. Rodriguez, Fundamentals of 5G Mobile Networks, Wiley, 2015, ISBN-13: 978-1118867525 - M. Viswanathan, Simulation of Digital Communication Systems Using Matlab, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1301525089 - T.S. Rappaport et al, Millimeter Wave Wireless Communications, Prentice Hall, 2014, ISBN: 0132172283 - W. Stallings, Wireless Communications & Networks, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004, ISBN-13: 978-0131918351 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

-424 Tad ADDITIONAL 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 PERPERSONAL 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 ENT 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 -424

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 90.00
Practicals (FT) 24.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Tutorials (FT) 6.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 15.00 45% lab based investigations
Coursework 2 n/a 15.00 45% lab based investigations
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 45% Analytical and solving problems