• Offered by RS Electrical, Energy and Materials 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 Nan Yang
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course provides a comprehensive overview and advanced knowledge of modern mobile and wireless communication systems. Building on the prior knowledge on digital communications, students develop further understanding on the challenges and opportunities brought by the wireless medium in designing current and future wireless communication systems and networks.

Topics include:

* Overview of digital wireless communications and cellular concept;

* Interference and traffic analysis for cellular networks;

* Wireless fading channel modelling and characterisation;

* Modulation and detection performance over fading channels;

* Equalisation techniques;

* Multi-carrier systems;

* Spread spectrum techniques;

* Receiver and transmitter diversity techniques;

* Information theory of wireless channels;

* Multiple antenna systems and space-time communications;

* Cooperative communications;

* Standards of wireless cellular networks (e.g. 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G and beyond).

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply cellular concepts to evaluate the signal reception performance in a cellular network and traffic analysis to design cellular network with given quality of service constraints;
  2. Determine the type and appropriate model of wireless fading channel based on the system parameters and the property of the wireless medium;
  3. Analyse and design receiver and transmitter diversity techniques;
  4. Determine the appropriate transceiver design of multi-antenna systems and evaluate the data rate performance;
  5. Design wireless communication systems with key 3G (e.g., CDMA) and 4G (OFDM) technologies.
  6. Describe and differentiate four generations of wireless standard for cellular networks.
  7. Apply research skills to develop a deep understanding on an emerging wireless technology beyond the scope of the lecture materials and critically analyze the recent research outcomes.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (6) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Hardware Lab (3) [LO 5]
  3. Simulink Project (15) [LO 2,3,5]
  4. Mid-Semester Exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  5. Research Project (11) [LO 7]
  6. Final Exam (45) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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A standard workload of approximately 10 hours/week including the following formal contact hours for the whole semester: 24 x 2-hour lectures, 6 x 1-hour tutorials, 1 x 3-hour hardware laboratory. Apart from these, approximately 5 hours per week is required for independent and group-based study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering. Incompatible with ENGN4536.

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.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
7510 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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