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H64MOB Mobile Communications
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  MEng and MSc students of Electronic Engineering who wish to study both the role and design of electronic communications systems to an advanced level. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: An understanding of AM and FM modulation techniques, intermediate level electronic circuits and basic electromagnetism.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

This module contains

  • Propagation characteristics of mobile environment wave equations, fading
  • Cells and channel allocation
  • Digital modulation techniques
  • Multiplexing, FDMA, TDMA, CDMA
  • Error detection and coding
  • 2nd generation systems (GSM, IS-136, IS-95)
  • 2.5/3G systems
  • Wireless LAN
  • Blue tooth
  • 4G

    Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 12 weeks1 per week2 hours
    Practical 3 weeks1 per week2 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    One 2-hour lecture per week supported by example problems, printed notes, directed reading and project work. Breakdown of hours, tutor lead 22hrs, student-directed 75hrs, assessment/revision 53hrs

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 80 2-hour exam 
    Coursework 1 20 Coursework is focused on analysing a number of modulation schemes and their performance in the presence of noise using Matlab Simulink code. The report should not exceed 10 pages. 


    Education Aims:  To provide knowledge of the fundamentals of mobile communications and its application to real systems.

    Learning Outcomes:  

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles required to design mobile communication system.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the methods used in modulation and the digital encoding of air interface.
  • Select appropriate methods for error detection and correction
  • Offering School:  Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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