Wireless Communication Systems
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 56.0
Credit Value: 4.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2020
Prerequisites: ENGI10701
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Electronics Engineering Techno
Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan
Course Leader or Contact: Mouhamed Abdulla
Version: 20200106_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: N/A

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students learn the fundamental principles of wireless communications, including: frequency allocation, channel bandwidth, carrier frequency; constellation diagrams, I-Q modulation, BPSK, QPSK and QAM; SNR, SINR and BER performance; path loss, shadowing and multipath fading; Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, NFC and RFID; mobile communication, frequency reuse and sectoring; downlink and uplink communication; noise, intercellular, intracellular, and co-channel interference; FDMA, TDMA, CDMA and OFDMA; 3GPP Standards and 5G radio access technology; IoT, LPWAN, LoRa NB-IoT and WSN networks; satellite communications and GPS navigation. Through lectures, computer simulation and laboratory projects, students explore time, frequency and spatial domain representation of signals as well as the performance and reliability of the communication link. Students attain skillset to work with RF test equipment, including RF function generator, spectrum analyzer, and oscilloscope.

Program Context

Electronics Engineering Techno Program Coordinator(s): MD - Nazrul Islam Khan
This course gives students a foundational knowledge of wireless communication systems that is required for success in this program. Students will build upon their required knowledge of communication systems course. The knowledge of wireless communication systems acquired from this course are directly applied to the learning of future courses in this program. The principals of wireless communication systems are essential for student success in the Capstone project that is an integral part of this program.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will understand the concept of data communication digitally and be able to distinguish it from analog communication technique. Students will also be able to identify the building blocks in digital communication and appreciate their working principle.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Explore spectrum management, channel bandwidth, and carrier frequency.
  2. Examine constellation diagrams and I-Q modulation and demodulation.
  3. Study digital modulation techniques including, BPSK, QPSK and QAM.
  4. Analyze the BER performance through SNR and SINR metrics.
  5. Explore channel access schemes, multicarrier modulation and OFDM.
  6. Study EM propagation, path loss, shadowing and multipath fading.
  7. Evaluate power, reliability and outage probability of a communication link.
  8. Compare the deployment of different short-range wireless communication technologies.
  9. Model and design a mobile communication network.
  10. Explore current trends and use cases of 5G radio access technology.
  11. Demonstrate IoT, LPWAN and WSN networks.
  12. Discover the foundations of satellite communications and navigation systems.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Midterm Exam30.0%
 Lab Projects (4 @ 7.5% each)30.0%
 Quizzes (2 @ 5% each)10.0%
 Final Exam30.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
(The School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering & Technology is abbreviated as MEET in this outline.)
    Missed evaluations will result in a grade of zero. See the process document and Verification of Injury or Illness Form posted on the Student Success in Engineering Virtual Community page on SLATE.

    Assignments and Lab Reports are due as advised by the instructor. Late submission will attract a 10% deduction per day, to a maximum of 30%. Assignments submitted after 3 days late will be awarded a grade of zero.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
  • Numeracy - Execute mathematical operations accurately.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Challenge Exam
  • Portfolio
  • Interview

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: tba
RequiredTextbookWireless Communications, Goldsmith, A., Cambridge University Press, 2005

Applicable student group(s): Electronics Engineering students.
Course Details:
Module 1: -  Radio Spectrum Allocation and Management 
- Review of end-to-end Communication Link
- Frequency Allocations and Spectrum Management
- Licensed vs. Unlicensed Spectrum 
- Channel Bandwidth and Carrier Frequency
(Learning Outcomes 1) 
Module 2: Digital Modulation Techniques
- Modulation in Time and Frequency Domain
- I-Q Modulation and Demodulation
- Constellation Diagram and Gray Coding 
- BER Performance Analysis  
- Eye Diagram and its Interpretation
- Binary Phase Keying (BPSK)
- Quadrature Phase Keying (QPSK)
- Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM)
- Multicarrier Modulation and OFDM.
(Lab project 1 @ 7.5%)
(Learning Outcomes 2, 3, 4 and 5) 
Module 3: Point-to-Point Wireless Communications
- P2P Communication Link 
- Antenna Gain and Dimensions 
- EM Propagation: Reflection, Diffraction and Scattering
- Path Loss, Shadowing and Multipath Fading
- Power, Reliability and Outage Probability.
(Quiz 1 @5%)
(Learning Outcome 6 and 7) 
Module 4: Short-Range Wireless Communications
- Communication Range and Area Coverage
- Network Architecture: Star, Ring and Mesh Topologies
- Bluetooth, ZigBee and Wi-Fi Technologies 
- Network Planning and Deployment 
(Lab project 2 @ 7.5%)
(Learning Outcome 8) 
Module 5: Mobile Communications
- Evolution of Mobile Generations: 1G, 2G, 3G and 4G
- Mobile Systems and 3GPP Standards
- Frequency Reuse in Cellular System
- Sectoring and Cell Splitting.
- Mobile Radio Propagation
- Downlink and Uplink Communications
- Co-channel Interference and Noise
- Channel Access Methods: FDMA, TDMA and CDMA.
- 5G Mobile Technology
(Quiz 2 @5%)  
(Lab project 3 @ 7.5%)
(Learning Outcome 9 and 10) 
Module 6: IoT and Wireless Sensor Networks
- IoT Use cases in 5G Technology
- Low-Power Wide-Area Network (LPWAN)
- LPWAN standards: LoRa and NB-IoT
- Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN)
- WSN Architecture and Applications
- Ad Hoc Sensor Networks.
(Learning Outcome 11)
Module 7: Satellite Communication and Navigation
- Orbital Geometry: LEO, MEO, GEO and HEO
- Satellite Bands, Spot Beam and Coverage Map
- SATCOM Applications: TV, Radio and Mobile
- GNSS Constellations: GPS, GALILEO and GLONASS
- GPS Receiver Sensitivity and Accuracy
- 2D and 3D Satellite Positioning
(Lab project 4 @ 7.5%)
(Learning Outcome 12) 

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