14:332:421 Wireless Communications

Course catalog description: Radio Propagation, Cochannel Interference, Spectral Efficiency and Power Efficiency, Diversity Schemes, Multiple Access Interference, Radio Resource Management, Performance of TDMA, CDMA and WiFi Systems

Credits and contact hours: 3 credits; 1 hour and 20-minute session twice a week, every week

Pre-Requisite courses: 14:332:322

Co-Requisite courses: None

Topics Covered:

  • Digital Communications Review and Introduction to Cellular Systems
  • Radio Propagation Models – Path Loss and Shadowing, Small Scale Fading
  • Evaluation of Cochannel Interference in Cellular Systems
  • Spectral Efficiency and Power Efficiency Calculations
  • Diversity Techniques in Space, Time and Frequency
  • Introduction to Multiple Access – TDMA, FDMA and CDMA, Probability of Error Analysis
  • Radio Resource Management – Frequency Reuse and Channel Allocation, Power Control and Handoffs 

Textbook: "Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice", Theodore Rappaport, Prentice Hall NJ.

Other supplemental material: class notes; Handouts including research papers given by instructor for in-depth references of classical, contemporary and emerging wireless communications methods.