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ELEC5515: Gigabit Wireless Systems (2011 - Semester 2)

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Unit: ELEC5515: Gigabit Wireless Systems (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Professor Vucetic, Branka
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to provide the theory and design aspects of high speed and short-range wireless systems operating in the unlicensed frequency bands. The targeted system is at multi-gigabits per second within a 100m operating space. Typical applications include wireless local (or personal) area networks.

At the completion of this unit, students will gain the essential knowledge to design a gigabit wireless system based any of the emerging standards.

The following specific topics are covered:

• international regulatory requirements on unlicensed frequency bands;

• the MAC and PHY overview of WirelessHD, ECMA and IEEE802.11/15 standards;

• an introduction of the industry design process and tools.

• 60 GHz transceiver architecture and high-speed ADC/DAC requirements;

• pre-amble and pilot signal design;

• initial acquisition techniques;

• OFDM techniques (automatic gain control (AGC); channel estimation; carrier and sampling frequency estimation and compensation; in-phase and quadrature (I/Q) imbalance characterization, estimation and compensation; soft-output algorithms; peak to average power ratio (PAPR) reduction and adaptive bit loading);

• bean-forming and multiple input and multiple output(MIMO) techniques;

• Case study: solutions for IEEE802.11 VHT
Assumed Knowledge: ELEC3305 AND ELEC3505. This unit assumes a competence in fundamental communications theory on modulation and equalization, digital signal processing techniques on filtering and FFT/IFFT, error-control coding and linear algebra.
Lecturer/s: Dr Li , Yunxin (Jeff)
Timetable: ELEC5515 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
2 Lecture 2.00 1 13
3 Project Work - own time 2.00 13
4 Independent Study 2.00 13
T&L Activities: Lecture: Lectures covering the basic concepts in the UoS.

Project Work - own time: Assignments.

Independent Study: Need to spend time on their own to fully grasp all the concepts.

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
Designing innovative and creative solutions to given problems and constraints; understanding engineering trade-off; critically evaluating existing solutions and understandings and recognize their limitations. Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 4)
Search needed information efficiently and effectively; make effective use of computer-based tools for analysis, visualisation and simulation
of engineering work; design and conduct tests and experiments and to analyse and interpret resulting data.
Information Skills (Level 4)
The students are required to use a varied range of channels for condcuting research, documenting research outcomes and presenting research findings. Professional Communication (Level 4)
Understanding of radio spectrum regulatory requiremnts; understanding of industrial design process and tools; time management; ability to respond effectively to unfamiliar problems in unfamiliar contexts. Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 4)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009.

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.

Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 4)
1. Ability to design the MAC and PHY as part of the most recent gigabit wireless standards to the extent of the material presented.
Information Skills (Level 4)
2. Ability to evaluate in detail the advanced enabling technologies such as OFDM beam forming and MIMO, to the extent of the concepts and principles developed.
Professional Communication (Level 4)
3. The ability to use a varied range of communication tools, media and formats to present the buildig blocks of a 60 GHz radio system.
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 4)
4. Ability to demonstrate an understanding and an appreciation of the industry design process and tools as part of the professional standards employed in a professional environment; ability to demonstrate an understanding of international regulatory requirements on unlicensed frequency bands as part of an effort to improve consistency with professional practice.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment Yes 30.00 Multiple Weeks 2, 3,
2 Mid-Sem Exam No 30.00 Week 6 1, 4,
3 Final Exam No 40.00 Exam Period 2,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Tutorial and assignments

Mid-Sem Exam: Mid semester exam

Final Exam: Final exam
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 . 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: Policies regarding academic honesty and plagiarism, special consideration and appeals in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies can be found on the Faculty's policy page at Faculty policies are governed by Academic Board resolutions whose details can be found on the Central Policy Online site at

Policies regarding assessment formatting, submission methods, late submission penalties and assessment feedback depend on the unit of study. Details of these policies, where applicable, should be found above with other assessment details.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
Note on Resources: ECMA/TC48 Standard, “High Rate 60 GHz PHY,MAC and HDMI PAL”

IEEE P802.15.3c Standard, “Part 15.3: Wireless Medium Access Control(MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY)Specifications for High Rate Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPANs): Amendment 2: Millimeter-wave based Alternative Physical Layer Extension”

“WirelessHD Specification summary”, February 2007

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction and overview
Week 2 Regulatory issues and channel characterisation
Week 3 System design process and tools
Week 4 Transceiver architecture, analogue to digital (A/D) and digital to analogue (D/A) conveters
Week 5 Medium access control (MAC)
Week 6 Channel coding
Assessment Due: Mid-Sem Exam
Week 7 Advanced orthogonal frequency-division multiplex (OFDM) techniques
Week 8 Receiver algorithms
Week 9 Beam-forming and multiple input and multiple output (MIMO) techniques
Week 10 WirelessHD system
Week 11 ECMA TC48 system
Week 12 IEEE802.15.3C system
Week 13 IEEE802.11 VHT sytem
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 Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2010, 2011

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Discipline Specific Expertise (Level 4) Yes 15%
Information Skills (Level 4) Yes 55%
Professional Communication (Level 4) Yes 15%
Professional Values, Judgement and Conduct (Level 4) Yes 15%

These goals are selected from Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering/IT Graduate Attribute Matrix 2009 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.