CT5002 - Mobile Communications Systems (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Mobile Communications Systems|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Computing and Digital Media|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2020/21||
This module examines the technology underlying current and future mobile wireless systems. It provides the essential theoretical principles and concepts encountered in the design of typical modern communications systems. Various analogue and digital modulation schemes essential for information transmission are examined, including the detrimental effect of noise in limiting system performance.
Prior learning requirements
Propagation of EM waves through free-space and the atmosphere. Free-space propagation model, reflection, diffraction, scattering, link budget design. Fading and multipath effects, techniques of space and frequency diversity. Doppler effect. Noise as a fundamental parameter in communication systems. Sources and characteristics of internal and external noise. [LO1-LO3]
• Antennas - launching and radiation of EM waves into free space near and far field, directivity, radiation pattern and radiation resistance, concepts of antenna gain, beam-width and effective aperture.
• Modulation techniques for mobile radio. Multiple Access Techniques: FDMA, TDMA and CDMA.
• Multiplexing, FDM/TDM, T1 System, PDH, synchronous/Synchronous Transmission techniques and Networks.
• Introduction to existing and emerging technologies, including 5G, IoT & UWB.
• Cellular concepts and system design fundamentals. Introduction to wireless communication: Evolution of mobile communications, mobile radio systems - examples, trends in cellular radio and personal communications. Cellular system design and relevant issues: fading, sectoring, signal power loss analysis and calculation using plane wave propagation approach, coherence bandwidth of mobile systems under different mobile environments, frequency reuse, channel assignment, hand off, interference and system capacity, tracking and grade-of-service, improving coverage and capacity in cellular systems.
• Communications lab. [LO4]
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Students will be expected to carry out independent background study to familiarise themselves with the platforms and tools that will be used during the module. The module includes online learning material via Weblearn (VLE), face-to-face delivery of content, teaching/tutorial and assessment activities, student support and feedback.
LO1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamentals of cellular systems, typical system architecture, related concepts and principles including transmission characteristics and techniques associated with the operation of mobile transmission and reception;
LO2. Explain the various modulation/demodulation techniques (using appropriate mathematics to prove principles) and factors that affect radio wave propagation;
LO3. Apply appropriate concepts and principles of communications engineering to analyse simple real-world problems and synthesize appropriate solutions;
LO4. Design, implement, analyse and critically evaluate wireless communication systems in small groups during laboratory sessions utilizing your transferable skills and produce professional documentation with an insight to related regulatory framework and public good
Problem sheets (formative instruments) have been designed to help the students to apply concepts and principles of communications engineering. Problem sheets should be used by students to gauge their knowledge and understanding to promote learning outcomes LO1-LO3. The coursework (50%), which is formative and summative assessment, consists of two components. Coursework-1 is based on various design and analytical problems and promotes LO1-LO3. Feedback is provided to promote understanding. Coursework-2 is based on laboratory work which concludes with a formal report (1500 words) and promote LO4. Students maintain a record of their work in a logbook, and formative assessment is provided through inspection and feedback of the logbook. The final assessment (summative) is closed-book end of module 2-hour unseen examination (50%), which is used to assess LO1-LO3. The module will be passed on the aggregate coursework and exam marks which is equal to or greater than 40%.
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Websites: IEEE xplore