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ELEC5508: Wireless Engineering (2017 - 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 Yeoh, Phee
Session options: Semester 2
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Site(s) for this Unit:
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. Wireless channel: Multipath fading, frequency selective fading, Doppler spread, statistical models, diversity, GSM, OFDM. Capacity and Interference: Cell types, coverage, frequency reuse, interference management, SIMO, MISO, multiuser diversity, CDMA, OFDMA, beamforming, superposition coding. MIMO: SVD, waterfilling, beamforming, V-BLAST, SIC, MMSE, Power Allocation. LTE/LTE-Advanced: Uplink-downlink channels, control signals, data transmission, spatial multiplexing, CoMP, spectrum reuse, heterogeneous networks, inter-cell interference coordination, carrier aggregation. Queueing theory: basic models, queueing systems, waiting time, delay, queue length, priority queues, wireless network virtualization (WNV) queues.
Assumed Knowledge: Basic knowledge in probability and statistics, analog and digital communications, error probability calculation in communications channels, and telecommunications network.
Timetable: ELEC5508 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial/Lab 2.00 1 12
T&L Activities: Tutorial/Lab: The tutorial and labs are run in different weeks.

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 Lab Projects No 30.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
2 Mid-Semester Quiz No 10.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3,
3 Final Exam No 60.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3,
Assessment Description: Lab Projects: Six lab projects will be carried out during the semester (each worth 5%) to assess the students` understanding of the simulations and experimental results for basic wireless systems.

Mid-Semester Quiz: The quiz will assess students` understanding of basic knowledge in wireless system performance.

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.

Mark summation: There may be statistically and educationally defensible methods used when combining the marks from each component to ensure consistency of marking between markers, and alignment of final grades with unit outcomes and grade descriptors.

Penalties for lateness: 20% per day

Similarity detection: The University has authorised and mandated the use of text-based similarity detecting software Turnitin for all text-based written assignments.
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.
  • Fundamental of Wireless Communications
  • Mobile Communications
  • Wireless Communications Principles and Practice
Online Course Content: Refer to Blackboard

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 Channel
Week 2 Diversity and OFDM
Week 3 Capacity and Interference
Week 4 Multiuser Diversity
Week 5 MIMO: Model
Week 6 MIMO: Architecture
Week 7 LTE/LTE-A
Week 8 LTE/LTE-A
Week 9 Traffic Analysis: Queuing Theory
Assessment Due: Mid-Semester Quiz
Week 10 Emerging Technologies For 5G
Week 11 Emerging Technologies For 5G
Week 12 Guest Lectures
Week 13 Review
STUVAC (Week 14) This week is left free for independent study.
Exam 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 Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Commerce 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Health) 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Medical Science) 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computational Data Science) 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Computer Science Major) 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Information Systems Major) 2018
Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Software Development) 2018
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) 2014 2013, 2014
Computer Engineering (till 2010) 2010
Electrical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) (till 2012) 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) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
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) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical/Science (Health) 2018
Electrical (Computer) 2015
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical (Power) 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Software/Science (Health) 2018
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 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 (till 2010) 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017
Information Technology / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017
Information Technology / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017
Information Technology / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Information Technology / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 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) 2014 and earlier 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
Information Technology / Law 2015, 2016, 2017
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology 2015, 2016
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology 2015, 2016
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (till 2014) 2012, 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Engineering (Electrical) 2011, 2012
Master of Engineering (Power) 2011, 2012
Master of Information Technology 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Information Technology Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of IT/Master of IT Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Information Technology (till 2014) 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Network) 2010, 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Telecommunications) 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Master of Professional Engineering (Wireless) 2010, 2011, 2012
Software/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018
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%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 29%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) Yes 30%
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.