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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ELEC5333M Wireless Communications Systems Design

15 creditsClass Size: 140

Module manager: Dr. Nutapong Somjit

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module explores the principles which govern physical layer of modern wireless communications systems, including the software tools needed to design and evaluate the systems and sub-systems which form a wireless communications system.


This module has the following objectives:
- To introduce a broad foundation in modern wireless communication systems, focusing both the current and future developments of various wireless communication technologies.
- To study practical approaches ranging from fundamental knowledge in wireless communications, design assignment using industrial standard software and comprehensive laboratory works to analyse and synthesise wireless systems.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
1. Apply a comprehensive knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to the solution of complex wireless communications problems. Much of the knowledge will be at the forefront of wireless communications and informed by a critical awareness of new developments and the wider context of engineering.
2. Formulate and analyse complex wireless communications problems to reach substantiated conclusions. This will involve evaluating available data using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles, and using engineering judgment to work with information that may be uncertain or incomplete, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed.
3. Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model complex wireless communications problems, discussing the limitations of the techniques employed.
4. Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex wireless communications problems.
5. Design solutions for complex wireless communications problems that evidence some originality and meet a combination of societal, user, business and customer needs as appropriate. This will involve consideration of applicable health and safety, diversity, inclusion, cultural, societal, environmental and commercial matters, codes of practice and industry standards.
6. Apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of complex wireless communications problems.
7. Evaluate the environmental and societal impact of solutions to complex wireless communications problems (to include the entire life-cycle of a product or process) and minimise adverse impacts.
8. Use a risk management process to identify, evaluate and mitigate risks (the effects of uncertainty) associated with a particular project or activity.
9. Adopt a holistic and proportionate approach to the mitigation of security risks.
10. Use practical laboratory and workshop skills to investigate complex wireless communications problems.
11. Select and apply appropriate materials, equipment, engineering technologies and processes, recognising their limitations.
12. Discuss the role of quality management systems and continuous improvement in the context of complex wireless communications problems.
13. Apply knowledge of engineering management principles, commercial context, project and change management, and relevant legal matters including intellectual property rights.
14. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. Evaluate effectiveness of own and team performance.
15. Communicate effectively on complex engineering matters with technical and non-technical audiences, evaluating the effectiveness of the methods used.
16. Plan and record self-learning and development as the foundation for lifelong learning/CPD.

Skills Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills:
a) Application of science, mathematics and/or engineering principles
b) Problem analysis
c) Application of computational and analytical techniques
d) Searching and using technical literature
e) Design skills
f) Integrated systems approach
g) Sustainability
h) Risk management
i) Mitigate security risks
j) Practical and workshop skills
k) Technical awareness of engineering materials, equipment, technologies, and processes
l) Quality management
m) Engineering and project management
n) Teamwork
o) Communication
p) Lifelong learning


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 propagation analysis as a system planning tool
• Communications system architecture hardware analysis as a design study
• Delivering complete communications systems in the real-world

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

1 x Coursework
1 x Exam

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours40.00
Private study hours78.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students studying ELEC modules will receive formative feedback in a variety of ways, which may include 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentCoursework 230.00
In-course AssessmentCoursework 130.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2024


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