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COMP38512: Digital Wireless Communication and Networks (2011-2012)

This is an archived syllabus from 2011-2012

Digital Wireless Communication and Networks
Level: 3
Credit rating: 10
Pre-requisites: COMP28411
Co-requisites: No Co-requisites
Duration: 11 weeks
Lectures: 6 in total, 1 per fortnight See 'Modules' below.
Lecturers: Nick Filer
Course lecturer: Nick Filer

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Sem 2 Lecture 1.4 Tue 13:00 - 14:00 -
Sem 2 w1-3 Lecture LF15 Fri 09:00 - 10:00 -
Sem 2 w4+ Lab Toot 1 Fri 09:00 - 10:00 -
Assessment Breakdown
Exam: 60%
Coursework: 40%
Lab: 0%

Themes to which this unit belongs
  • Mobile Computing and Networks


The explosion of mobile computing driven first by the mobile telephone and now also by PDA's and laptop computers using Bluetooth, WiFi and soon WiMAX is changing the way we interact with one another and with machines. But how does wireless networking work? How is it distinct/similar to wired networks?

The course uses guided self-study so you need to be motivated to learn for yourself. A main book supplemented and enhanced with electronic resources are used.


The core 2nd year networking course has introduced the background that all computer scientists need. That course is almost entirely about wired networks. This course extends the networking to wireless networks which are introduced. The course also covers digital telephone networks. The main goal is for students to understand how today's wireless local area networks (WLANs) operate and to be aware of current developments in this domain.


To develop awareness and experience of:
The way in which wireless communications has developed since the early 1900's.
To learn the basics about how radio waves are propagated from a transmitter to a receiver.
To learn basic information about modulation of different signals onto radio waves.
To learn about the techniques used to modulate digital data onto radio waves.
To overview the different types of digital communications in use today.
To understand how wireless local area networks (WLAN) operate today.
To gain insight into current developments in WLANs.

Programme outcomeUnit learning outcomesAssessment
A3 A5 B1 B3Have a knowledge and understanding of the architecture and communication protocols for wireless networks used in both fixed and mobile applications.
  • Examination
A3 A5 B1 B3Have an understanding of the latest developments in wireless network protocols and technologies.
  • Examination
A3 A5 B1 B3Be able to aid in the design and implementation of systems using wireless communications technology.
  • Examination

Reading List

Core Text
Title: Mobile communications (2nd edition)
Author: Schiller, Jochen
ISBN: 0321123816
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Edition: 2nd
Year: 2003

Supplementary Text
Title: 802.11 wireless networks: the definitive guide (2nd edition)
Author: Gast, Matthew S.
ISBN: 0596100523
Publisher: O'Reilly
Edition: 2nd
Year: 2005

Supplementary Text
Title: Introduction to digital communications
Author: Kurzweil, Jack
ISBN: 0471157724
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Year: 2000

Supplementary Text
Title: Digital communications: fundamentals and applications (2nd edition)
Author: Sklar, Bernard
ISBN: 0130847887
Publisher: Prentice -Hall
Edition: 2nd
Year: 2001

Supplementary Text
Title: Introduction to wireless and mobile systems (3rd edition)
Author: Agrawal, Dharma Prakesh and Qing-An Zeng
ISBN: 9781439062050
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Edition: 3rd
Year: 2010

Supplementary Text
Title: Wireless communications: principles and practice (2nd edition)
Author: Rappaport, Theodore S.
ISBN: 0130422320
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Edition: 2nd
Year: 2002

Supplementary Text
Title: Digital communication (3rd edition)
Author: Barry, John R. and Edward A. Lee and David G. Messerschmidt
ISBN: 9780792375487
Publisher: Springer
Edition: 3rd
Year: 2003

Supplementary Text
Title: Telecommunication networks: protocols, modeling and analysis
Author: Schwartz, Mischa
ISBN: 020116423X
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Year: 1987

Supplementary Text
Title: Digital communications: design for the real world
Author: Bateman, Andrew
ISBN: 0201343010
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Edition: 2nd
Year: 1999

Supplementary Text
Title: Computer networks (5th edition)
Author: Tanenbaum, Andrew S. and David Wetherall
ISBN: 9780132126953
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Edition: 5th
Year: 2010