KD7063 - Wireless Communication Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

This module aims to introduce you to the concepts, structure and organisation of wireless communications from a system point of view, thus illustrating the theoretical concepts and their application in practical scenarios. Wireless communication systems including the old analogue as well all digital technologies based on the optical and radio frequencies will be introduced. In addition, You will learn about the fundamental theoretical concepts for both radio and optical based wireless communications.

The module syllabus:

• Communication Regulation: Regulating authorities; standards organisation; frequency spectrum, and power usage

• Radio Communication: System and subsystem specifications for radio based communication including antennas and propagation mechanisms; cellular wireless systems, traffic engineering; noise and interference; noise factor and cascaded systems; wireless channel; link budget calculations; frequency re-use; GSM; multi-path propagation.

• Optical Wireless Communications: Including the concept of indoor optical wireless systems; diffused and line of sight links; optical channel characteristics; noise sources; and optical path link budgets.

• Digital Communication: M-ary modulation and demodulation; coherent and non-coherent systems; signalling space and constellation diagrams; BER performance of different modulation formats; matched filter detection.

• Multiplexing and Multiple Access: TDM, FDM, TDMLA, FDMA and CDMA.

The syllabus will allow you to understand and pursue careers of communication system design and deployment within the telecommunications industry. This module together with other modules such as the high level system design and high level digital / analogue circuit design will give you the skills and expertise required within the telecommunications and computer network industries, as well as preparing you to do further studies in the this and relevant fields.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered using a combination of lectures, tutorials, and case studies together with directed and independent learning.

The learning and teaching approach will start with the introduction of theoretical concept in lectures followed by problem solving and application aspects in tutorial sessions. In direct learning, you will be instructed to prepare for the lectures by means of reading the lecture notes, finding and analysing relevant information in advance of lectures. Integrated quizzes and small tests will be frequently given during the lecturers and tutorial sessions as well as via the eLP providing feedback. Working group will be formed to encourage you to engage on critical thinking, discussion and problem solving during the lecture an tutorial sessions. Case studies as well as examples from current research activities in this area carried out within the Department will be used to demonstrate and reinforce the lectures.

Case studies will be based on small groups, focusing on the emerging technologies in the field, which will be composed of theory, simulations and applications and future developments. The case study will enable you to read beyond the materials provided in lectures and investigate what research and development works have been done in the field of wireless communication systems. You will be asked to produce a high level technical report clearly demonstrating your understanding of the subject matter and its future development.

Throughout the module, you will gain critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills, which are essential for your future employment.

The key academic support mechanisms for delivery of the module are lectures, and tutorials sessions. Lecture notes are the main element to provide the theoretical concepts, whereas both tutorials and targeted case studies will enable you to be involved in problem solving, technical discussion, and technical report writing of the concepts learned in lectures and as part of your self-study.

Case study progress will be regularly reviewed in tutorial sessions and verbal feedback and comments will be provided to assist you in developing you understanding of the subject matter as well as ensuring that you are on the right track prior to submitting the final report. The comments could be generic and applicable to all students or could be may directed to the individuals learning and particular task.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The key academic support for delivering the modules are lectures, and tutorials sessions. Lecture notes are the main element to provide the theoretical concepts, whereas both tutorials and targeted case studies will enable students to involve in problem solving, technical discussion, and technical report writing of the concepts learned in lectures and as part of the self-study.

Case study progress will be regularly reviewed in tutorial sessions and verbal feedback and comments will be provided to assist students in developing their understanding of the suject matter as well as ensuring that they are on the right track prior to submitting the final report. The comments could be generic and applicable to all students or could be may directed to the individuals learning and particular task.

One key aspect of the case study is to encourage students to get engaged with the subject by reading over a much wider field and focusing on a specific topic. In addition the case study will allow students to participate in group discussion, by sharing and exchanging ideas as well as participating in technical group discussions. Students are also encouraged to reflect on their findings and its technical, social and practical implications.

The use of eLearning-Portal (eLP) will be adopted for the module where all the module taught contents and assessment guidance will be provided along with links to the reading list support, relevant professional bodies, relevant industries and standard bodies web sites. Industrial based projects and demonstrations will also be included. On line tests will also be included for students to constantly apply and appreciate their understanding.

Solution to the tutorials and past-year examination papers will also be made available to all students via eLP.

Feedback on student learning will take the form of verbal feedback during the tutorials, and written feedback on the case study report. eLP on line tests will also provide feedback directly to specific questions on the module. Examination feedback will be provided following the normal processes to identify the strength and weakness of the cohort.

Attendance will be also monitored to ensure that students are not dropping out and identify those in need of help with the module.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of the essential scientific concepts and principles of wireless communications systems (UKspec SM1fl, EA1fl, EP2fl)
2. Demonstrate the application of knowledge in the design of wireless communications systems. Apply the knowledge to systematically identify and analyse complex problems. (UKspec SM1fl, EA1fl)
3. Use appropriate tools, methods and appropriate research techniques to undertake and analyse the problems in wireless communications (UKspec EA3fl, EA6m), (UKspec EA2fl, EA3fl)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. Critically examine the problem in wireless communications and apply relevant techniques to solve (UKspec EA2fl, EA3fl)
5. A critical awareness of current problems and new research in wireless communications (UKspec SM2fl)
6. Apply a range of knowledge, techniques and tools in analysis, design, testing and maintenance of high quality solutions to the problems in wireless communications in a variety of practical and industrial scenarios (UKspec SM3m, D3fl)

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
7. Learn independently, enhancing the existing skills and developing new ones in analysis and development of wireless communications (UKspec SM3m, SM4m)
8. Manage time and resources effectively in report and workshops (UKspec ET1m, D5m)

How will I be assessed?

This module is summative assessed with
(i) a single exam (80%) - 1, 2, 3, 4

(ii) a course work in the form of a case study the covers the module learning outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

Wireless communication systems have been rapidly growing over the last two decades and will continue to do so for years to come. In this module you will gain skills and knowledge in wireless communication technologies. The module will cover the concept, structure and organisation of wireless communications including the radio frequency and optical wireless technologies from a system point of view, thus illustrating the theoretical concepts as well as practical application. More specifically it will introduce frequency spectrum, power usage, antennas and propagation mechanisms, cellular wireless systems, traffic engineering; noise and interference; propagation mechanism, indoor diffused and line of sight links optical wireless, optical channel characteristics; digital modulation, system performance and multiplexing. The materials delivered in this module is supported by research activities in this field, which will give you further insight to the latest in wireless technologies. You will have the opportunities to do an extensive assignment of wireless technologies including third, fourth and optical wireless communication to further enhance your knowledge and learning skills. Throughout delivery of this module you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the concept by means of theoretical investigation, problem solving and application in real scenarios.

Course info

UCAS Code H602

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 4 years full-time or 5 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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