Wireless Communication Systems

Subject ELEN90007 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 3 hour lecture per week
Total Time Commitment:

200 hours.


Enrolment in the 364AA Master of Telecommunications Engineering


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Credit may not be obtained for both

ELEN90007 Wireless Communication Systems and ELEN40008 (431-465) Wireless Communication

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


Prof William Shieh


Prof William Shieh

Email: shiehw@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:


This subject covers the fundamental design and performance issues associated with the physical and media access control of wireless networks.


Topics include:

  • Wireless RF link basics (antenna characterisation, polarisation, EIRP, propagation loss)
  • Principles of cellular mobile radio systems (cells and frequency reuse, handover, cell splitting, sectorisation)
  • Characterisation and modelling of wireless channels (small scale fading including multipath channels, large scale fading)
  • Link budgets
  • Modulation methods (linear, non-linear, single-carrier, multi-carrier OFDM)
  • Duplexing methods (time-division, frequency-division)
  • Multiple access methods (frequency-division, time-division, code-division, space-division and orthogonal-frequency-division multiple access), contention and non-contention methods
  • Equalisation techniques (linear, non-linear, time-domain, frequency domain)
  • Lowpass Representation off Bandpass Signals and Systems
  • Channel coding for error control (block codes, convolutional codes, turbo codes, LDPC), automatic repeat request (ARQ) protocols, hybrid ARQ protocols including incremental redundancy)
  • Interleaving
  • Diversity techniques (space diversity, frequency diversity, time diversity, multi-user diversity) and combining techniques
  • Multiple antenna technologies (transmit and receive diversity, space-time block codes, beamforming, spatial multiplexing, MIMO)
  • Transmission of digital signals over fading channels
  • Introduction to cellular mobile technologies (GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA / HSPA and LTE). Students will undertake a wireless project, such as network design, or analysis.

Learning Outcomes:


On completion of this subject students should have developed the skills and knowledge to understand

  1. The design and performance of the physical and media access control layers of mobile wireless systems;
  2. The ability to undertake analysis and assessment of mobile wireless systems; and
  3. They should have a solid understanding of:
  • Basics of RF links
  • Principles of cellular mobile radio systems
  • Characterisation and modelling of wireless channels for both small scale and large scale fading, including multipath channels
  • Signal processing techniques used in the physical and media access control layers of the radio interface which includes; modulation, multiple access, duplexing, channel coding, interleaving, diversity, equalisation, and multiple antenna systems
  • Wireless standards such as GSM/GPRS/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA and LTE mobile technologies.
  • Formally supervised 3 hour written examination in the form of a summative exam - end of semester, 70%;
  • Three homework assignments in the form of a formative assessment throughout the semester, not exceeding 30 pages over the semester (approximately 40-45 hours of work per student), worth 30%.

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the written exam to pass the subject.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO's) 1 to 3 are assessed in the final written examination, and submitted reports for three assignments.

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

References (suggested, not mandatory)

• F. Molisch, Wireless Communications, John Wiley & Sons, 2005
• T. S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications, Principles & Practice, Prentice-Hall

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, the students should have developed the following skills:

  • Problem solving and analytical skills,
  • Critical and creative thinking, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning;
  • Sense of intellectual curiosity;
  • Ability to interpret data and research results;
  • Ability to learn in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies;
  • Capacity to confront unfamiliar problems;
  • Ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature;
  • Ability to develop models of practical applications and evaluate their performance by rigorous analytical means.


Students are provided with lecture slides, worked problem sets, and assignment specifications, and reference text lists.


The subject is delivered through lectures.


This subject in conjunction with other subjects such as Advanced Communication Systems and Mobile and Wireless Networks, prepares the students for careers in mobile and wireless communications.

Relevant Societies for Professional and Career Development:

Engineers Australia

IEEE Communications Society

IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society

IEEE Networks Society

TSA – Telecommunications Society of Australia

Related Course(s): Master of Telecommunications Engineering

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