ELEN423 Wireless Communications (4 semester hours)

The course presents fundamental principles underlying the wireless transmission and reception of information, and studies the different parts of a modern wireless communication system. Specifically, the course will touch upon different digital modulation schemes, as well as the design and performance analysis of a transmission and reception end. The concept of diversity and its impact on reception performance (probability of symbol detection error) will be discussed. Channel capacity and channel coding will also be studied. Further, techniques for adaptive modulation and channel equalization used in state-of-the art wireless systems will be presented. Communication using orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), as well as spread spectrum techniques will also covered. Topics in multi-user systems, random access, cellular systems and ad hoc networks will also be covered. The goal of this course is to help students to i) learn about different wireless communication technologies; ii) understand the basic components of a wireless communication system; iii) be able to design basic components in a wireless communication system; and iv) analyze its performance both analytically and numerically. NOTE: This course requires the student to purchase additional materials that are not covered by the book grant. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details. (Prerequisites: ELEN420 and ELEN310)