MSc in Electrical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeAEEE504
Course Unit DetailsMSc Electrical Engineering (Technical Electives) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Analyze the radio wave propagation principles, free space path loss and shadow fading, and assess the effect on wireless communication systems if different fading conditions apply.
  2. Compare the operation principles of modern cellular systems and appraise the concepts of channel reuse, co channel interference, interference reduction techniques and dynamic range allocation.
  3. Judge the available modulation schemes, the pulse shaping selection and the spectrum needs for different types of digital modulation.
  4. Interpret the need for linear equalizers usage and the necessity for maximum likelihood sequence estimation.
  5. Judge and argue how to make a choice between different multiple access schemes like FDMA, TDMA, and CDMA in comparison wiht the use of random access protocols.
  6. Combine the performance of a conventional transceiver (SISO) with multiple input multiple output systems (MIMO) and argue for the advantages of receiver and transmitter diversity.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

Overview of Wireless Communications

History of Wireless Communications. Current Wireless Systems. The wireless spectrum  standards


Path Loss and Shadowing

Radio Wave Propagation.   Transmit and Receive Signal Models. Free-Space Path Loss.  Shadow Fading.   


Capacity of Wireless Channels

Capacity in AWGN.  Capacity of Flat-Fading Channels. Capacity of Frequency-

Selective Fading Channels


Cellular Systems and Infrastructure-Based Wireless Networks

Cellular System Fundamentals. Channel Reuse. Interference Reduction Techniques.  Dynamic Resource Allocation


Digital Modulation and Detection

Signal Space Analysis.  Amplitude and Phase Modulation. Frequency Modulation

Pulse Shaping. AWGN Channels.  Fading. Intersymbol Interference.  Coding for Wireless Channels.  Linear Block Codes. Convolutional Codes



Equalizer Types. Linear Equalizers. Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation


Multiuser systems

Multiple Access.  Frequency-Division Multiple Access (FDMA). Time-Division  

Multiple Access (TDMA). Code-Division Multiple Access (CDMA). Random  Access.  Pure ALOHA.  Slotted ALOHA


MIMO Systems

MIMO Channel Capacity. MIMO Diversity Gain: Beamforming,    Diversity/Multiplexing Tradeoffs. Receiver/transmitter diversity



Recommended and/or required reading:
  • A. Goldsmith, “Wireless Communications”, Cambridge University Press, 2005
  • T. S. Rappaport, “Wireless Communications, Principles and Practice,Prentice Hall, 2002
  • Simon Haykin, Michael Moher, "Modern Wireless Communications’’, Prentice Hall,2003
  • Jon W. Mark, Weihua Zhuang, ‘Wireless Communications And Networking’’,Prentice Hall, 2003
  • G. L. Stuber, “Principles of Mobile Communication”, 2nd edition, KAP
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The taught part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations are available through the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks. The structure of the course teaching is based on lectures (3 hours per week) in a classroom.  

During the lectures several related exercises are solved on the board with participation of the students. Several problems are left unfinished for the students to complete at home. Other problems are used as assignments. Topic notes are compiled by students, during the lecture which serve to cover the main issues under consideration. Students are also urged to use the textbook assigned to the course. Related homework problems are also assigned from the textbook as a turn in assignment or for homework practice. Also, students are advised to use the reference books for further reading and practice in solving related exercises.

Assessment methods and criteria
Project 20%
Final Exam40%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO