Module code: EEEM018

Module provider

Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Module Leader

TAFAZOLLI R Prof (Elec Elec En)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 36

Tutorial Hours: 1

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2-HOUR CLOSED BOOK EXAM 80%
Coursework ASSIGNMENT 20%

Alternative Assessment

Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview


Expected prior/parallel learning:     N/A

Module purpose:  Mobile communications systems have been among the fastest growing sectors of the global economy in the past decade, and are expected to drive tremendous developments in the upcoming decade. Modern mobile communication systems employ a range of advanced wireless communication techniques and networking technologies/protocols to deliver high rate and high quality services for a variety of mobile applications. This module aims to cover a number of key advanced concepts that are either used in the modern mobile communication systems or expected to be deployed in the future.


Module aims

The aim of the lectures is to provide key system level knowledge of advanced wireless communication technologies, including important concept in network architectures and system level optimisation of modern wireless systems. The assignment will help the students further investigate some of the key concepts taught in this module and gain deep insight by simulating some of key relevant techniques.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Gain knowledge of evolution of wireless access networks including the cellular systems from 2G-4G and beyond in terms of architecture, air interface, and mobility management, and small cell technologies such as IEEE 802.11x Systems;
Analyse the fundamentals of spread spectrum communication systems;
Describe general concepts of  Radio Resource Management (scheduling, access control, admission control, QoS provisioning) in communication networks and relevant analysis and optimisation techniques;  
Understand the concepts of mobility management in mobile communication systems;

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content


Indicative content includes the following:

Cellular communication system design and optimisation (Cellular Concept 2G/3G/4G/5G, Cell Planning and Optimisation, Techniques to increase system capacity)

Advanced Modulation and RA (CDMA, Spread Spectrum Techniques, MC-CDMA, Subcarrier Combining Techniques, Peak Power Problem in MC-CDMA, RAKE receivers, Adaptive Modulation Techniques, Channel estimation, Equalisation, MC-CDMA Transceiver Design)

Mobility management in modern access networks (Mobile IP and IP addressing. Network layer issues and Routing, Transport layer protocols (TCP/IP))

Radio Resource Management in modern Cellular Systems ( Basic concept and definitions, resource allocation and scheduling techniques, admission control);

Advanced MAC Protocols for Small Cell Systems (Random Access MAC, IEEE802.11x Series, QoS Provisioning in Random Access MAC)


Methods of Teaching / Learning


The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims:

developing students’ knowledge and skills in the field of mobile communications;
adjusting lectures according to students’ level of understanding;
promoting active learning and problem based learning;
promoting research informed teaching;
providing a stimulating educational environment.

Learning and teaching methods include the following:

Lectures: 10 weeks – 30 hours

Tutorials: 1 week – 3 hours

Assignments: There is one mandatory assignment in this module which includes research and implementation of some of the advanced and key techniques in mobile communication systems. The estimated time for carrying out the assignment work and writing up report is about 30 hours.



Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy for this module is designed to:

·         Assess students’ ability to use relevant tools to analyse advanced system level concepts in mobile communications and carry out basic design steps in simulation environments.

·         The written exam will assess their understanding of the various advanced communication techniques taught in this module, the underlying principles and their basic working.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of the following.

·         2-hour, closed-book written examination at the end of the module teaching during the examination week

·         1 written assignment (students will report on their computer-based practical work) within the duration of the module. The estimated time for carrying out the assignment work and writing up report is about 30 hours.


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 lectures, by electronic voting

Reading list


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 2017/8 academic year.