BIMRW16-Wireless Communications for the Real World

Module Provider: School of Biological Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Simon Sherratt


Summary module description:

This module aims to reinforce both the communications and the DSP understanding of the students by examining a real world communications system which have been deployed.

Assessable learning outcomes:
An understanding of digital modulation schemes designed under real world parameters. To appreciate the measures for maximising spectrum efficiency (hence capacity) and coverage. To become an expert on one widely deployed communication system (such 3GPP or 802.11a/b/g).

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
3GPP: History, wideband CDMA, system blocks and parameters, and network planning. 802.11a/b/g: History, Physical layer design (spread spectrum and OFDM), MAC layer protocols (e.g. CSMA/CA and enhancements). Future versions and extensions (e.g. 802.11n).

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Guided independent study 90
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Length of examination:

Requirements for a pass:
50% overall module mark

Reassessment arrangements:
Extended essay on an aspect of wireless communication.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 6 January 2017

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