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ELEX 8140 - Mobile Communications

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

Course Details

This course covers an introduction to past and modern wireless communication systems (2G, 3G and Bluetooth). The cellular concept and system design fundamentals are presented. Discussion of mobile radio propagation for large-scale path loss is followed by small-scale fading and multi-path. A summary of various modulation techniques is given. Finally, multiple access techniques for wireless communication are described. There will be two or more labs. and a team project regarding coverage prediction and frequency re-use for a region of North America.


ELEX 7230



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Explain wireless communication systems.
  • Tell difference between 2G, 2.5G, TDMA, CDMA , 3G systems, WLANS and Bluetooth systems.
  • Describe the cellular concept, frequency reuse, interference, and power control.
  • Calculate GOS, trunking, cell splitting and sectoring.
  • Derive free-space propagation reflection., and two-ray model equations.
  • Differentiate diffraction and scattering.
  • Prepare a link budget using various outdoor path loss models.
  • Perform an experiment on two ray measurements.
  • Compare indoor propagation models, and calculate signal penetration into building.
  • Calculate small-scale multipath propagation equations.
  • Solve impulse response of a mutipath channel problems.
  • Solve time dispersion, coherence bandwidth and Doppler shift problems.
  • Make measurements and analyze data.
  • Differentiate flat and frequency selective fading.
  • Solve fast and slow fading problems.
  • Derive Rayleigh and Rician distributions.
  • Compare AM, SSB, and FM.
  • Describe pulse shaping techniques.
  • Compare linear modem techniques (BPSK, DPSK, and QPSK).
  • Compare nonlinear modem techniques (FSK, MSK, and GMSK).
  • Describe spread spectrum modulation (DS-SS, FH-SS).
  • Describe multiple access techniques (FDMA, TDMA, FHMA, CDMA and SDMA).
  • Solve packet radio protocols (ALOHA, CSMA and PRMA) problems.

Effective as of Fall 2006

Related Programs

ELEX 8140 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electronics
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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