• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Xiangyun Zhou
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to modern digital mobile and wireless communication systems. Topics include: overview of digital wireless communications, cellular concept; interference and traffic analysis for cellular networks; wireless fading channel modelling and characterization; modulation and detection performance over fading channels; equalization techniques; multi-carrier systems; spread spectrum techniques; receiver and transmitter diversity techniques; information theory of wireless channels; multiple antenna systems and space-time communications; and cooperative communications; 2G standards (e.g. GSM, CDMA), 3G standards and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Knowledge Base:

Having successfully completed this course, students should be able to:

  • understand the cellular radio concepts such as frequency reuse, handoff and how interference between mobiles and base stations affects the capacity of cellular systems.
  • describe current and future cellular mobile communication systems (GSM, IS95, WCDMA, etc)
  • understand the principles of cooperative communications and describe their advantages and design issues.
  • identify the techno-political aspects of wireless and mobile communications such as the allocation of the limited wireless spectrum by government regulatory agencies.
  • understand propagation effects such as fading, time delay spread, and Doppler spread, and describe how to measure and model the impact that signal bandwidth and motion have on the instantaneous received signal through the multipath channel.
  • understand the information theoretical aspects (such as the capacity) of wireless channels
  • describe and evaluate receiver and transmitter diversity techniques
  • understand multiple-antenna systems such as multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and space-time codes
  • understand basic equalization schemes commonly used in mobile wireless systems
  • understand basic spread spectrum techniques in mobile wireless systems
  • understand the concept of orthogonal frequency division modulation techniques

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (16%); Laboratories (8%); Midterm Exam (20%); Project (14%); Final Exam (42%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering 7710 or 7709 or 7711

Prescribed Texts

  1. Main: A.J. Goldsmith, Wireless Communications, Cambridge University Press, First Edition, 2005.
  2. Suggested: T.S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications: Theory and Practice, Prentice Hall, Second Edition, 2002


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $2088
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2190
2007 $2088
2006 $2088
2005 $2088
2004 $2088
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3450
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3534
2004 $3450
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7864 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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