Module Details

CE740-7-SP-CO: Mobile Communications

Year: 2016/17
Department: Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr Arsenia Chorti
Teaching Staff: Dr Arsenia Chorti
Contact details: School Office, e-mail csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770.

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Learning Outcomes

This course will examine the technology underlying current and future wireless communications systems. The unique challenges and opportunities that arise when using wireless connections will be explored in detail, which will require an in-depth study of the physical layer and an understanding of the trade-offs to be made therein. Following on from this, higher-layer techniques for exploiting wireless physical links will be studied.

Medium Access Control (MAC), and network routing will be covered, with the emphasis on reducing access delay and increasing throughput. Case studies will be presented on wireless LANs, while coursework will look at cellular systems.

On completion of the course, the student is expected to:

1. Explain the concepts of radio transmission to the extent that they impact on
wireless communications system design.
2. Explain and contrast different types of multiple access techniques, including
TDMA, FDMA, CDMA and Carrier Sense.
3. Ad-hoc and infrastructure networks: organisation, MAC, and energy
4. Discuss the basic concepts of mobility and radio resource management in
wireless networks
5. Discuss the principles of network discovery and routing in ad-hoc wireless networks

Outline Syllabus


- A short history of wireless communication, a market for mobile communications, some open research topics, a simplified reference model.
- Radio physical layer
- Frequencies for radio transmission, signal propagation, error control, modulation
- Channel fading effects and mitigation techniques
- Medium Access Control
- An introduction to commonly used MAC techniques including TDMA, FDMA, CDMA, ALOHA and Carrier Sense.
- Routing and topology
- Concepts of ad-hoc wireless routing. Flooding, dynamic source routing and clustering. Power conservation in sensor networks
- State-of-the-art technologies in 4G and 5G wireless systems

Learning and Teaching Methods


40 per cent Coursework Mark, 60 per cent Exam Mark


Progress Test with a weighting of 10% to be held in week 22. Assignment 1 with a weighting of 20% to be submitted via FASer in week 24. Presentation with a weighting of 10% in week 25.

Other information



  • Recommended reading
  • SCHILLER, J., Mobile Communications, Addison Wesley; ISBN: 0321123816 Recommended text for entire course
  • Theodore S. Rappaport, "Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice (2nd Edition)", Prentice Hall. ISBN: 0130422320 Recommended text for entire course
  • PAHLAVAN, K., and KRISHNAMURTHY, P., Principles of Wireless Networks Prentice Hall PTR; ISBN: 0130930032
  • STALLINGS, W., Wireless Communications and Networks, Prentice Hall;
  • ISBN: 0131918354
  • IETF IETF Drafts