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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5333M Wireless Communications Systems Design

15 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr. Nutapong Somjit

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan, 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2020-21. In particular, if conditions allow for alternative formats of delivery, we may amend the timetable and schedule appropriate classes in addition to (or in place of) the Online Learning Workshops. For Semester 2 (from January 2021), we anticipate that this will be most likely, in which case online teaching will be substituted for traditional face-to-face teaching methods, including lectures and practical classes. ‘Independent online learning’ will involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or remote/virtual laboratory work, etc. Students will be expected to fully engage with all of these activities. The time commitment for independent online learning, and also the frequency and duration of Online Learning Workshops, are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.


Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Identify the functions of various parts in a communication system chain where one has to deal with RF and microwave signals/devices.
2. Appreciate the physical limitations in a practical design.
3. Understand how distortion and spectral regrowth can affect system performance.
4. Analyse the overall performance of a microwave communications link.
5. Explain the interactions of the various blocks within a communications system, and how RF and non-RF component/parameter/system designs interact and affect each other's performance.
6. Appreciate the process of communications system specification-capture in the context of requirements provided by end users who are not necessarily fluent in communication disciplines.
7. Understand the role of radio propogation analysis and planning in the deployment of communications systems.
8. Appreciate the practical trade-offs and design decisions typically made in a deployment of a real digital radio network.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Introduction to microwave communication systems
Link budget
RF subsystems
System modelling
Modulation formats and impact on circuit design
Distortion and spectral regrowth
Direct and heterodyne conversion
Sub-system characterisation
System noise figure analysis
Impact of RF/microwave component design on wireless communication system performance
Radio propogation analysis as a system planning tool
Communications system architecture hardware anaysis as a design study
Delivering complete communications systems in the real-world

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning41.004.00
Independent online learning hours48.00
Private study hours98.00
Total Contact hours4.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate the material covered in lectures, to undertake preparatory work for laboratory classes and to prepare for summative assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Feedback will be provided mainly through the in-course assessments (Laboratory Report and Case Study)

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 115.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 225.00
Online AssessmentOnline Assignment/Test 325.00
ReportCase Study35.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits for ELEC and XJEL modules are subject to the School's Resit Policy and the Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA), which are available on Minerva. Students should be aware that, for some modules, a resit may only be conducted on an internal basis (with tuition) in the next academic session.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 12/08/2020 16:44:46


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