14:332:421 Wireless Communications

Course Catalog Description: 

14:332:421 Wireless Communications
Radio Propagation, Cochannel Interference, Spectral Efficiency and Power Efficiency, Diversity Schemes, Multiple Access Interference, Radio Resource Management, Performance of TDMA, CDMA and WiFi Systems

Pre-Requisite Courses: 


Pre-Requisite by Topic: 

1. Digital signals and modulation
2. Receiver design for additive noise channels
3. Probability and random processes

Textbook & Materials: 

Class notes


1. "Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice" 2nd Ed, Theodore Rappaport, Prentice Hall NJ 2001
2. Handouts including research papers given by instructor for in-depth references of classical, contemporary and emerging wireless communications methods

Overall Educational Objective: 

To gain an understanding of the principles behind the design of wireless communication systems and technologies.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

A student who successfully completes Wireless Communications will
1. Understand the basics of propagation of radio signals
2. Understand how radio signals can be used to carry digital information in a spectrally efficient manner.
3. Understand how radio signals can be used to carry digital information in a power efficient manner.
4. Gain insights into how diversity afforded by radio propagation can be exploited to improve performance
5. Have an understanding of design considerations for how to effectively share spectrum through multiple access
6. Have an understanding of the basic principles behind radio resource management techniques such as power control, channel allocation and handoffs.
7. Gain knowledge and awareness of the technologies used in Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA), Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and WiFi Networks.
8. Gain the experience of working in a group towards a final project that will involve experiments, analysis and the design of exemplary wireless communication techniques and/or systems.

How Course Outcomes are Assessed: 

  • Lecture Discussion (10%)
  • Homework (10%)
  • Mid-Term Exams (40 %)
  • Final Project (40 %)

  • N = none S = Supportive H = highly related



    Proficiency assessed by

    (a) an ability to apply knowledge of Mathematics, science, and engineering


    HW Problems, Exams, Lecture Discussion, Project Meetings

    (b) an ability to design and conduct experiments and interpret data


    Project meetings and Final Project Report

    (c) an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability


    HW Problems, Exams, Lecture Discussion, Project Meetings and Final Project Report

    (d) an ability to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team


    Group Project Activity

    (e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve ECE problems


    HW Problems, Exams, Lecture Discussion

    (f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


    Group Project Work

    (g) an ability to communicate in written and oral form


    HW Problems, Lecture Discussion, Final Project Report and Presentation

    (h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical and computer engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context


    HW Problems, Exams, Lecture Discussion, Final Project

    (i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning


    Home-work, discussions during lectures, Final Project

    (j) a knowledge of contemporary issues


    Lecture Discussion, Final Project

    (k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for electrical and computer engineering practice


    HW Problems, Exams, Final Project

    Basic disciplines in Electrical Engineering


    HW Problems, Exams, Final Project

    Depth in Electrical Engineering


    HW Problems, Exams, Final Project

    Basic disciplines in Computer Engineering


    Depth in Computer Engineering


    Laboratory equipment and software tools


    Variety of instruction formats


    Lecture, office hour discussions, project meetings

Topics Covered week by week: 

Week 1: Digital Communications Review and Introduction to Cellular Systems
Week 2: Radio Propagation Models – Path Loss and Shadowing
Week 3: Radio Propagation Models – Small Scale Fading
Week 4: Evaluation of Cochannel Interference in Cellular Systems
Week 5: Spectral Efficiency and Power Efficiency Calculations
Week 6: Diversity Techniques in Space, Time and Frequency
Week 7: Introduction to Multiple Access – TDMA, FDMA and CDMA, Probability of Error Analysis
Week 8: Radio Resource Management – Frequency Reuse and Channel Allocation
Week 9: Radio Resource Management – Power Control and Handoffs
Week 10:Midterm Exam and Introduction to WiFi Networks
Week 11:Project planning, meetings and progress reports
Week 12:Project meetings and progress reports
Week 13:Project meetings and progress reports
Week 14:Project meetings and progress reports
Week 15/16: Final Project Presentation

Computer Usage: 

Homework Assigments and Final Project

Laboratory Experiences: 

Experiments and Measurements for Final Project

Design Experiences: 

Homework assignments have some design component and Final Project

Independent Learning Experiences : 

Final Project work involves group oriented as well as individual responsibilities

Contribution to the Professional Component: 

(a) College-level Mathematics and Basic Sciences: 0.25 credit hours
(b) Engineering Topics (Science and/or Design): 2.75 credit hours
(c) General Education: 0.0 credit hours
Total credits: 3

Prepared by: 
C. Rose
May, 2011