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ES96T-15 Advanced Wireless Systems and Networks

School of Engineering
Taught Postgraduate Level
Module leader
Subhash Lakshminarayana
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
40% coursework, 60% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

ES96T-15 Advanced Wireless Systems and Networks

Module web page

Module aims

To understand the performance of different wireless networks in modern cities, in the context of: functionality, architecture, resource allocation and mutual interaction. The systems considered include legacy 1G/2G/3G systems, as well as current 4G/5G/IoT systems and mobile ad-hoc networks.

Outline syllabus

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.

1 Introduction to Wireless Networks and its History
2 Revision of Single Link Communications, including Link Adaption
3 Multiple Access Techniques
4 Legacy 1G-2G Systems
5 3G Cellular Network
6 4G Cellular Network
7 Radio Resource Management
8 Heterogeneous Networks
9 Stochastic Geometry
10 Traffic Models
11 Large-Scale Network Simulation
12 Wi-Fi Networks
13 Energy and Cost Metrics
14 5G and Future Trends
15 IoT systems and mobile ad-hoc networks

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Analyse the achievable multiple user capacity of different multiple access schemes using mathematical modeling of the system [M1, M2].
  • Design efficient networks in terms of energy and/or cost using communication network modeling and optimisation theory [M2, M3].
  • Acquire in depth knowledge and evaluate the architecture of legacy 1G/2G/3G, as well as current 4G/5G/IoT cellular and Wi-Fi networks [M4].
  • Analyse different cell planning patterns for different cellular network generations and traffic service demands. [M5, M6]
  • Design networks and analyse their performance through modelling their mutual interference interactions using simulation software for different network deployments. Explain how channels adapt to real world conditions to achieve Shannon capacity subject to a certain quality of service demand. [M5]
Indicative reading list
  1. Heterogeneous Cellular Networks, R. Hu and Y. Qian, Wiley, 2013
  2. 4G LTE Networks: LTE for UMTS: OFDMA and SC-FDMA Based Radio Access, H. Holma and A. Toskala, Wiley, 2009
  3. Heterogeneous Cellular Networks: Theory, Simulation, and Deployment, X. Chu and D. Lopez-Perez, and Y. Yang and F. Gunnarsson, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  4. Mathematical Modeling: Stochastic Geometry for Wireless Networks, M. Haenggi, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  5. Radio Resource Management for Mobile Traffic Offloading in Heterogeneous Cellular Networks, Y. Wu and L. Qian, Springer, 2017
Subject specific skills

Understanding of the evolution of cellular communication systems. Latest trends in 5G/6G cellular networks. IoT and mobile ad-hoc networks.

Transferable skills

Knowledge of how wireless communication systems work today and how the latest research trends in this field.

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 30 sessions of 1 hour (20%)
Other activity 1 hour (1%)
Private study 119 hours (79%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Guided Independent Learning

Other activity description

1x1 hour Revision Class


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group D5
Weighting Study time
Assignment 40%

Essay and simulation assignment (8 pages)

Examination 60%

QMP Examination

~Platforms - AEP,QMP

  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
  • Students may use a calculator
  • Engineering Data Book 8th Edition
Feedback on assessment

Marked assignments with comments.

Past exam papers for ES96T


To take this module, you must have passed:


This module is Core for:

  • 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 1 of TCSA-G5PA Postgraduate Taught Data Analytics
  • Year 5 of UESA-H607 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year

This module is Option list A for:

  • Year 4 of UESA-H63X MEng Electronic Engineering
  • Year 5 of UESA-H63Y MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year
  • Year 4 of UESA-H114 MEng Engineering
  • Year 1 of TESA-H644 Postgraduate Taught Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Year 4 of UCSA-G408 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering
  • Year 5 of UCSA-G409 Undergraduate Computer Systems Engineering (with Intercalated Year)
  • Year 4 of UESA-H606 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng