FUNDAMENTALS OF MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS - 2021/2
Module code: EEEM017
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We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
Expected prior/parallel learning: It is helpful, but not essential, to take module EEE3006 – Digital Communications, or to have equivalent learning.
Module purpose: This module equips students with fundamental knowledge and skills of mobile/personal communications systems design, and forms the basis for the students to conduct further learning of advanced mobile technologies in EEEM018 – Advanced Mobile Communication Systems and EEEM061 – Advanced 5G Wireless Technologies.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
MA Yi (Elec Elec En)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: H640
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 85
Lecture Hours: 11
Tutorial Hours: 10
Laboratory Hours: 8
Guided Learning: 10
Captured Content: 26
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes the following.
Fundamental theory of communications, mobile communications, and wireless networks: modelling point-to-point communications; elements of mobile communication systems; elements of wireless networks which include fundamental problems of multiple access channel, broadcast channel, relay channel, two-way channel. and crosstalk channel. Capacity theorems and outage behaviour of fundamental channel models will be introduced. Application use-cases which relate theory to practice.
Mobile Propagation Channel & Physical Impairments: Large-scale path loss. Small-scale fading (mobility and channel time variation, wideband channel and frequency selectivity, timing, channel diversity), noise temperature. Theory and practice of handling the impact of physical channels.
Interferences and Competition: Four-terminal interference channel; Signal-to-interference noise ratio (SNR/SINR); Fundamentals of interference behaviour; Capacity theorem in competition environments.
Energy efficiency: Energy vs. Spectral Efficiency; modelling cellular system power/energy consumption; energy efficiency - spectral efficiency trade-off in cellular system
Air-Interface, Waveforms & Multiple-access: Common elements of an air interface; fundamentals of 4G waveforms and beyond; from waveform to multiple-access
Resource Allocation & Optimisation: Static vs. dynamic resource allocation; user and power allocations; elements of convex optimisation.
Densification & Heterogeneous Network: Densification process & small cells; fundamental of heteronegeous network; implementing densification (backhauling, cell association, load balancing, handover issues in heteronegeous network)
Cooperative communication: fundamental of relay based (supportive) communication (Amplify and Forward); fundamental of joint processing communication (cooperation vs. coordination); implementing cooperative communication
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination Online||24HR ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) EXAM||80|
Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.
The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the following.
· Group written reports, which are assessed by the lecturers Written feedback is given to the students.
· Closed-book examination.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following.
· Joint technical written report on selected topics in wireless environment (20%).
· 2 hrs closed-book examination (80%).
Formative assessment and feedback
For the module, students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways.
· During lectures, by question and answer sessions
· During tutorials/tutorial classes
· Via the marking of written reports
· Via assessed coursework
- The aim of the module is to equip the students with the knowledge of mobile/personal communications engineering fundamentals, present the problems and possible solutions as well as familiarise them with the currently operational digital mobile communication systems in and their comparisons, as well as the international standardisation activities on future systems.
|1||Describe the need and main purpose for the basic building blocks in modern mobile communication systems including the mobile propagation channel, relaying channel, interference behaviour, cooperative communications, MIMO, OFDM||KC|
|2||Explain the underlying principles of mobile communication systems||K|
|3||Analyse/simulate/solve simple problems involved in link-level design||KCP|
|4||Explain the underlying concept and reasons for different design choices||K|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims.
- To equip students with deep understanding of the fundamental theory of mobile communications
- To facilitate students with strong capability of devising mobile communication systems and link-level resource planning.
- To develop the students’ ability to work within the mobile communications industry and quickly perform a useful role in analysing, designing or managing mobile communication systems, or to enter an advanced research programme on this topic
Learning and teaching methods include the following.
- Lectures: 11 weeks – 33 hours (including 3 hours Revision)
- Labs/Assignment(s): Mobile Communications Systems simulation exercise, or assignment - set and marked by the lecturers (issued week 1, due in week 7, 10 respectively). Estimated time to complete work: 42 hrs.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Electronic Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Artificial Intelligence MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Communication Systems MEng||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Space Systems MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Professional Postgraduate Year MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Communications Networks and Software MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|5G and Future Generation Communication Systems MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Mobile and Satellite Communications MSc||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Computer and Internet Engineering MEng||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|RF and Microwave Engineering MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.