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2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5447M Cellular Mobile Communication Systems

15 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr. Ahmed Lawey
Email: a.q.lawey@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The teaching and assessment methods shown below will be kept under review during 2021-22. 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) any online activities/sessions. Where learning activities are scheduled to take place on campus, it may be possible and/or necessary for some students to join these sessions remotely. Some of the listed contact hours may also be optional surgeries. Students will be provided with full information about the arrangements for all of these activities by the module staff at the beginning of the teaching semester.‘Independent online learning’ may involve watching pre-recorded lecture material or screen-casts, engaging in learning activities such as online worked examples or mini-projects, 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 sessions are approximate and intended as a guide only. Further details will be confirmed when the module commences.Where assessments are shown as Online Time-Limited Assessments, the durations shown are indicative only. The actual time permitted for individual assessments will be confirmed prior to the assessments taking place.

Objectives

Students will study the operating principles of a broad range of cellular mobile systems. Students will also consider the challenges and likely direction of future developments in cellular mobile systems.

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

1. Explain the underlying principles of cellular mobile radio for voice, data and video.
2. Use mathematical methods and computational tools to perform radio channel modelling.
3. Discuss the signal processing requirements at the physical layer.
4. Explain the need for protocols and select protocols for a broad range of applications.
5. Discuss the operating principles of a 2-G system (e.g. GSM) and a 3-G system (e.g. WCDMA), and compare and contrast designs and performance.
6. Use mathematical methods and computational tools to perform link budget analysis.
7. Discuss the future developments and design requirements of cellular mobile systems.


Syllabus

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Evolution of modern cellular wireless communications
Cellular concept - radio coverage, frequency reuse, multiple access techniques and capacity
Radio channel (attenuation, fading, Doppler, adjacent and co-channel interference, coherence bandwidth, delay spread and inter-symbol interference, etc)
Radio channel modelling; cellular radio design principles (cell plan, sectorisation, call handover, base stations, mobile switching centres, etc)
GSM evolution for data communications (GPRS and EDGE)
Basic principles of DS/CDMA systems (e.g. Qualcomm's IS-95, power control, Rake receiver, etc)
Introduction to W-CDMA third generation systems (UMTS/UTRA)
Diversity creation and combining
Capacity analysis for AWGN and fading channels for narrowband and wideband systems
Opportunistic communication and Multiuser Diversity
Wireless systems standards

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 Learning101.0010.00
Examples Class21.002.00
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours116.00
Total Contact hours12.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students are expected to use private study time to consolidate their understanding of course materials, to undertake preparatory work for seminars, workshops, tutorials, examples classes and practical classes, and also to prepare for in-course and summative assessments.


Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, including the use of self-test quizzes on Minerva, practice questions/worked examples and (where appropriate) through verbal interaction with teaching staff and/or post-graduate demonstrators.

Methods of assessment

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


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssignment 130.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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. .


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins40.00
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

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: 29/06/2021 16:47:30

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