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48780 Mobile Communications

Requisite(s): 48770 Continuous Communications


This subject is concerned with the use and application of engineering principles in the design, development and deployment of mobile communication systems, which is one of the fastest growing fields in the engineering world. Students develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in mobile communications and networks, and use a significant range of principal and specialist skills, techniques and practices in the domain of mobile communications and networks.

Topics include:

  • an overview of wireless communication systems: evolution of communication systems, the cellular concept, frequency reuse, capacity and coverage, challenges for wireless communication systems
  • wireless system design fundamentals: channel modelling, interference, capacity planning, large-scale fading, path loss, small-scale fading, multipath, reflection, diffraction, scattering, shadowing, spatial-temporal channel modelling, and outdoor/indoor propagation
  • modulation, equalisation, diversity and channel coding
  • spread spectrum communications and multiple access: direct sequence spread spectrum, frequency hopping spread spectrum, multi-access, CDMA, TDMA and FDMA
  • wireless LAN technologies: IEEE 802.11a/b and other alternatives
  • 3G and 4G air interface standards, including W-CDMA, cdma2000 and OFDM.

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Autumn session, City campus

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