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Advanced Wireless Transmission - ELE00056M

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Alister Burr
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18

Module aims

This module offers an introduction to the techniques used in modern wireless transmission systems, especially WiFi and fourth generation mobile, over realistic wireless fading channels. In particular it covers diversity, beam-forming, and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, and OFDM, and their performance on fading channels. During the module, the students will evaluate these techniques in a structured set of computer simulation experiments using the MATLAB mathematical modelling program.

The module shows how computer simulation using Matlab can be used to design and evaluate advanced wireless transmission systems, for modern wireless systems such as 4G, WiFi, etc. Accordingly it discusses how communication signals and systems can be represented by computer, and how realistic wireless channels can be simulated. Simulation results will be analysed using appropriate statistical techniques.

It then develops modulation and coding schemes, MIMO and OFDM, to allow students to build up a simulation of a MIMO OFDM transmission scheme operating over a fading multipath physical channel, and determine the effects on bit error rate of different MIMO techniques and various channel imperfections.

Module learning outcomes

After successfully completing this module, students should have acquired skills in modelling advanced wireless transmission schemes and in evaluating the results of their simulations. They should be familiar with the performance, options and trade-offs required when applying techniques including MIMO and OFDM, and with techniques for synchronisation and channel estimation.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students receive marks and comments on their submitted question sheets work within three weeks of submission, and indicative marks and feedback on the examination performance within six weeks.

Indicative reading

Goldsmith, A. Wireless Communications, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-83716-2

Glover, I. and Grant, P, Digital Communications, 2nd Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2003. ISBN 0-130-89399-4

Vinay K. Ingle and John G. Proakis Digital Signal Processing Using MATLAB, Cengage-Engineering; 2 edition (August 10, 2006)

Andr© Quinquis, Digital Signal Processing Using Matlab Wiley-ISTE; 1 edition (April 4, 2008)

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