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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Wireless/Mobile Communications
Module Code EE452
School School of Electronic Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Dushyantha A Basnayaka
Semester 2: Dushyantha A Basnayaka
Autumn: Dushyantha A Basnayaka
Module TeachersDushyantha A Basnayaka
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the design of wireless networks and in particular to illustrate the differences between fixed and mobile voice and data networks. Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the underlying architectures of wireless communication systems and standards, physical layer, MAC, and network layer. The design and planning of a wireless network considering its critical limitations and performance issues. The design of cellular networks will be motivated in terms of the properties of wireless signal transmission and the evolution of cellular network technologies. Understanding of various wireless networks standard including LAN, MAN, short and long-range networks, and a combination of networks. Introduction of wireless sensor networks and their application for the Internet of Things.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain various wireless communication networks, identify critical limitations and issues, and compare various wireless communication networks.
2. Calculate and compare the signal loss models, performance of various signal modulation techniques, spread spectrum techniques and codes.
3. Explain the evolution of cellular networks, data transmission, and handover techniques. Calculate signal loss, network traffic congestion and grade of service of a cellular network.
4. Explain and compare various wireless network standards and plan a suitable wireless network for a given application. Troubleshoot network problems and performance monitoring.
5. Design wireless sensor networks for IoT applications using a variety of low-power, short-range and long-range wireless networks.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture3612 x 3-hours lectures
Assignment Completion502 Assignments and 2 Loop Quizzes
Independent Study101Independent study/learning
Total Workload: 187

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to the wireless communication networks, the difference between wired and wireless techniques. Limitation and network issues. Applications of wireless networks.

Wireless Networks
History of the wireless networks, radio transmission, antennas and propagation, loss models, signal encoding.

Cellular Networks
Introduction to cellular networks, history and evolution of cellular networks 1G to 5G, design of cellular networks, channel reuse, signal interference, and network traffic engineering and monitoring. Mobility and handover techniques and their comparison.

Wireless Networks Standards
Explain various wireless network techniques and architectures. Plan, design, deploy, and simulate wireless networks including LAN and MAN considering constraints and performance issues including quality of services and network traffic analysis.

Wireless Sensor Networks
Introduction to wireless sensor networks, long and short-range wireless communication protocols, ad hoc networks, and their applications for the Internet of Things.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentAssignment 1: Calculate various numerical problems related to bandwidth calculation, loss of signals, encoding techniques, error detection/correction, and channel access. Design and implement a small-scale wireless network.15%n/a
Loop QuizA set of multiple choice questions will be released in the first half of the semester. The quiz will be timed (normally 30 mins for 30 questions) and should be attempted within a time window of 2-3 days.10%n/a
AssignmentPlan a wireless network and network technology for a given application or environment. Conduct a case study for wireless communication networks using wireless communication, cellular network and low-power wireless LAN. Demonstrate a network and test its suitability for the given scenario using simulation software.15%n/a
Loop QuizA set of multiple choice questions will be released in the second half of the semester. The quiz will be timed (normally 30 mins for 30 questions) and should be attempted within a time window of 2-3 days.10%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • William Stallings: 2005, Wireless Communications, 2, Pearson/Prentice Hall,
  • William Stallings: 2008, Data and Computer Communications, 8, Prentice Hall,
Other Resources

55226, 0, GPRS overview, http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/cellulartelecomms/gprs/gprs_tutorial.php, 55227, 0, UMTS overview, http://www.radio-electronics.com/info/cellulartelecomms/umts/umts_wcdma_tutorial.php, 55228, 0, WCDMA, http://privateline.com/, 55229, 0, Bluetooth Tutorial, http://www.palowireless.com/infotooth/tutorial.asp, 55230, 0, The Nuts and Bolts of WiMAX, http://www.embedded.com/columns/technicalinsights/201802589?cid=RSSfeed_embedded_news, 55231, IEC, 0, OFDM for mobile and data communications, http://www.iec.org/online/tutorials/ofdm/,
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Date of Last Revision28-SEP-09

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