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ELEC5508: Wireless Engineering (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5508: Wireless Engineering (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Lin, Zihuai
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.eelab.usyd.edu.au/ELEC5508/index.htm
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit will introduce the key ideas in modern wireless telecommunications networks. It will address both physical layer issues such as propagation and modulation, plus network layer issues such as capacity, radio resource management and mobility management issues.

The following topics are covered. Mobile radio channel: Multipath fading, diversity, log-normal fading, mean propagation loss, propagation models. Cellular technologies: Cell types, coverage, frequency reuse, spectral efficiency, link budget, power budget, traffic capacity. Omnidirectional and sectorised antennas. Handover, interaction with the fixed network. Microcells and macrocells, Medium access control: Near-far effect and the hidden terminal problem. Multiple access schemes: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA. Aloha and s-Aloha, carrier sense multiple access, reservation-based MAC schemes, polling, spread-aloha multiple access. GSM: System architecture, radio resource management, mobility management, connection management.

Third generation systems: WCDMA and cdma2000. 4G systems: LTE, LTE-A. Wireless LANs: IEEE802.11, Hiperlan, Bluetooth. Convergence: GSM evolution to data services via GPRS and EDGE. Issues with TCP over wireless. Mobility management in MobileIP.
Assumed Knowledge: Basic knowledge in probability and statistics, analog and digital communications, error probability calculation in communications channels, and telecommunications network.
Lecturer/s: Kukushkin, Alex
Timetable: ELEC5508 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The ability to independently design a wireless network that suits the technical requirement of the customer within the budget. The ability is developed in the lecture and tutorial, and further strengthened in the project work. Design (Level 4)
An ability to develop expertise in the analysis and design of wireless networks, such as IEEE 802.11 wireless local area networks. The expertise is obtained through lecture, tutorial, and project work. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Some analytical capabilities will be developed in performance analysis of a wireless communicaitons system. In particular, mathematical tools and methodologies will be taught to analyze the error perfomance of wireless communications systems in fading channels based on the knowledge in probability and statistics. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
Ability to locate, evaluate, grasp, and utilize various forms of information within the engineering discipline including technical books and reports, research articles, and industry standards. These attributes are developed through the project work and tutorials. In particular, in the project work, the students will do landscape search, find existing products, and identify the ones that best match the industrial customer requirements, which will significantly develop and enhance the information skills. Information Seeking (Level 2)
The students are expected to develop skills in conveying ideas, concepts and solutions to both technical and non-technical audiences in a concise and clear manner. These skills are taught in lectures and reiterated in tutorials. In particular, these skills will be further developed and exercised in the project report, where each student needs to propose and elaborate on some economical technical solutions to some practical challenges in a concise and convincing way. Communication (Level 2)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 4)
1. Ability to design wireless networks on a system level such as WLAN and WiMAX using a clearly defined approach based on the specifications of an industrial customer.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
2. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of various wireless networks in terms of application scenarios, performance indicators, and design methodology.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)
3. Ability to evaluate the performance of a wireless system in fading channels using probability and statistical theory to the extent of the material presented.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
4. Ability to instigate inquiry and knowledge development on the technical advancements of various wireless technologies using varied media formats such as open literature and the internet.
Communication (Level 2)
5. Ability to write reports and make presentations delivering technical and often complex material in a language and form commensurate with the expected level of understanding of stakeholders on the subject of wireless systems.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project No 30.00 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Final Exam No 70.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: Project: The project involves the design of a Wimax network based on certain performance requirement. The cost must also be considered in the design process. The students will draw on the expertise learned in the course, and carry out their own research in both areas of technical iusses and market situation.

Final Exam: The final exam will assess students' understanding of basic knowledge in wireless system performance as well as the ability to apply fundamental knowledge and theory in network design.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Mobile Communications
  • Wireless Communications Principles and Practice
Online Course Content: http://www.eelab.usyd.edu.au/ELEC5508/index.htm

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Wireless Networking: an Overview
Week 2 Propagation and Cellular Basics
Week 3 Diversity Reception and Transmission
Week 4 Wireless Media Access Control
Week 5 UMTS and WCDMA
Week 6 Capacity of Wireless Systems
Week 7 Wireless LANs, IEEE 802.11
Week 8 Wireless Local loops and IEEE 802.16
Week 9 Bluetooth and Zigbee
Week 10 GSM architecture, channel structure and resource management
Week 11 3GPP family of data services, GPRS/EDGE/UMTS
Week 12 3GPP: HSPA and LTE
Assessment Due: Project
Week 13 Review
STUVAC (Week 14) This week is left free for independent study.
Exam Period Any Exam or Quiz worth more than 30% of the final assessment will be scheduled in this two week period.
Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Engineering (Network) 2012
Master of Engineering (Wireless) 2012
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2013, 2014
Computer Engineering 2010
Electrical 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Law 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical 2015
Software 2015, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology (Information Systems) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems)/Arts 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Medical Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Science 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Information Systems) / Law 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2015 2015
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2015 2015
Graduate Certificate in Engineering 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering (2013+ ) 2013, 2014, 2015
Master of Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Master of Information Technology 2014
Master of Information Technology 2015 2015
Master of Information Technology Management 2015 2015
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015 2015
Master of Information Technology (Software Engineering) (2014-15 analysis) 2014, 2015
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Network) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Wireless) 2010, 2011, 2012
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 4) Yes 29.33%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 29.33%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 29.33%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 6%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 6%
Professional Conduct (Level 2) No 0%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.