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Wireless Communications



Qing Wang



Course Name: Wireless Communications

Course Code: S2293059

Semester: 4

Credit: 4

Program: Electronics

Course Module: Optional Courses (Communications)

Responsible: Qing Wang

E-mail: wangqing@tju.edu.cn

Department:Tianjin International Engineering Institute, Tianjin University

Time Allocation(1 credit hour = 45 minutes)







Personal Work







Course Description

This course covers various basic topics in wireless communications for voice, data, and multimedia. It begins with an overview of current wireless systems and standards, followed by a characterization of the wireless channel, including path loss, shadowing, and the flat vs. frequency-selective properties of multipath fading. It then examines the fundamental capacity limits of wireless channels and the characteristics of the capacity-achieving transmission strategies. This part is followed by practical digital modulation techniques and their performance under wireless channel impairments, including diversity techniques to compensate for flat-fading, multicarrier modulation to combat frequency-selective fading, and an introduction to multi-antenna communications. The course concludes with a discussion of various practical multiple access schemes in wireless cellular systems.


Digital Communications,Linear Algebra, Probability.

Course Objectives

The course is designed to elaborate on the underlying theory, design techniques as well as analytical tools of wireless communications.

Students are supposed to understand characteristics of the wireless channel (e.g. fundamental capacity limits), various modulations, coding, and signal processing schemes such as state-of-the-art adaptive modulation, multicarrier, spread-spectrum, and multiple-antenna techniques. This course will help students to design multiuser communications systems, cellular systems, and ad hoc wireless networks.

Course Syllabus

  1. Classifications of Wireless Systems

    1. Quick Overview of Channel Impairments

    2. History of Mobile Communications

  2. Trunking Theory

    1. Blocked Calls Delayed

    2. Cellular Systems

    3. Other Issues with Cells

  3. Path Loss

    1. Diffraction

    2. Shadowing

    3. Multipath Fading

    4. Coherence Bandwidth and coherence time

    5. Small-scale Fading Distributions

    6. Level Crossings and Fade Duration

  4. Introduction to Digital Modulation

    1. Nyquist Pulses

    2. Geometry of Signals

    3. Other Linear Techniques

    4. Frequency Shift Keying

    5. More on MSK

    6. Diversity Combining

    7. Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)

    8. Code division multiple access (CDMA) and RAKE Receivers

  5. Multiple-input-multiple-output (MIMO) links

  6. Multiple Access and Standards

Textbooks & References

  • Rappaport.Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice(2nd edition). Prentice Hall, 2001. ISBN 0130422320. (required)

  • Tse, David, and PramodViswanath.Fundamentals of Wireless Communication. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0521845270.

Grade Distribution

Attendence:10% Proposal:20% Project:50% Presentation:20%

Capability Tasks

CT1: To understand basic science, and to have analytical ability and the ability to integrate related knowledge.

CT2: To apply relevant professional knowledge to the field of science and technology: understanding of the basic concepts and its connotation, application of different methods and concepts which have been learned, capability of judging the scope and limitations of such applications.

CT3: To grasp methodologies and engineering tools: identifying, utilizing and solving problems. Even if the students are not familiar with the content, they can turn to computer tools for systematic analysis.

CT4: To carry out experiments in research environment with the abilities to utilize tools, especially for data collection and processing.

CT10: To have the capacity to work in international environment; the capability to master one or more foreign languages and be open to foreign cultures; be able to acclimatize themselves to the international language environment.


  • To know the architecture of cellular networks. - Level: M

  • To be able to simulate / deeply understand OFDM and MIMO systems. - Level: M

Students: Electronics, Year 2