Faculty of Engineering

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0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

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Organisational Unit

Department of Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering


Dr Nikola Zlatanov



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is available only to Engineering PhD students.


This unit introduces the fundamentals of wireless communications and networking. Students will learn about the characteristics of wireless channels, coding, modulation techniques, methods of combating fading including space, time and frequency diversity, multiple access techniques and cellular networks.

A selection of more advanced topics will also be covered including MIMO systems, heterogeneous networks, cognitive and cooperative communications.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • describe various models for wireless channels
  • analyse the performance of a range of wireless communication networks
  • simulate a wide range of wireless communication network and interpret the results
  • design wireless communication networks to achieve a range of performance objectives
  • discuss emerging wireless technologies including their potential gains and implementation challenges.


Continuous assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures/tutorials, 3 hours laboratory and 6 hours of private study per week.

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