ES4F1-15 Radiowave Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory
ES4F1 - Radiowave Propagation and Wireless Communications
The module will enable students to carry out project work in radio-wave propagation and wireless communications. It is the module's aim is to present fundamental theory and its application in understanding the operation and design aspects of the physical layer of a wireless communications system.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
Introduction to the wireless channel and the cellular concept.
Review of electromagnetic waves and antenna fundamentals. Consider antennas above ground.
Radiowave propagation models and propagation mechanisms (such as reflection, diffraction, scattering).
Shielding and absorption of radiowaves.
Basics of wireless channel modelling.
Equalizers and other important components of wireless systems
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Acquire specialised knowledge in radiowave propagation.
- Demonstrate mastery in solving radiowave propagation problems involving propagation mechanisms (such as reflection, diffraction and scattering) and antennas.
- Acquire advanced knowledge of efficiency-enhancing wireless techniques
- Evaluate important parts of wireless communications systems
- Advanced understanding of key principles of wireless communications theories
- Design important parts of wireless communications systems
- Use software to solve radiowave propagation problems involving propagation mechanisms (such as reflection, diffraction and scattering) and/or antennas. Be critical of the limitations of empirical and physical path loss models.
Indicative reading list
- Radio Propagation Measurement and Channel Modelling, S. Salous, Wiley, 2013.
- Principles of Mobile Communications, 3rd edition, G.L. Stuber, Kluwer, 2012.
- Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition, T.S. Rappaport, Pearson,2002.
Subject specific skills
Ability to be pragmatic, taking a systematic approach and the logical and practical steps necessary for, often complex, concepts to become reality
Numeracy: apply mathematical and computational methods to communicate parameters, model and optimize solutions
Apply problem solving skills, information retrieval, and the effective use of general IT facilities
Plan self-learning and improve performance, as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD
Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including time management, which may be as a team member or leader
|Lectures||30 sessions of 1 hour (20%)|
|Other activity||2 hours (1%)|
|Private study||118 hours (79%)|
Private study description
118 hours of private study
Other activity description
2 x 1 hour Revision Class
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group D2
Assignment , 10 pages
QMP online examination
~Platforms - AEP,QMP
Feedback on assessment
Support through advice and feedback hours.
Written feedback on marked assignment.
Cohort-level feedback on final exam.
To take this module, you must have passed:
This module is Core for:
- Year 4 of UESA-H63X MEng Electronic Engineering
- Year 5 of UESA-H63Y MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
- Year 1 of TESA-H641 Postgraduate Taught Communications and Information Engineering
This module is Optional for:
- Year 4 of UESA-H116 MEng Engineering with Exchange Year
- Year 5 of UESA-H115 MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year
- Year 5 of UESA-H607 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
This module is Option list A for:
- Year 4 of UESA-H114 MEng Engineering
- Year 4 of UESA-H606 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng