In this unit students will acquire advanced theoretical knowledge, critical analytical and practical skills which can be applied to investigation and resolution of complex problem solving scenarios. The unit material has been developed to enhance students' communication skills, individual and group project participation and other professional capabilities important to practice as a Mobile and Personal communication engineer. This unit gives an overview of cellular Network design where students are taught Capacity calculations, Cell site engineering, Cell splitting and sectoring. Cellular network access mechanisms such as FDMA, TDMA and CDMA are analysed. Topics of interest such as Simplex, Half Duplex, Full Duplex, DSSS and Frequency Hopping are also taught. The unit further explores Spectral efficiency, Air link interface, Radio resource management, Mobility management, Handover and general Cellular traffic. In addition, Cellular networking, Micro and macro cellular systems, GSM, WCDMA, LTE systems and Mobile data networks are topics the unit covers. The wireless enterprise, PMR, Simulcast, Trunking, Standardisation, Security issues, Regulatory environment, Emerging and Future Standards are also covered to enhance student employability on graduation.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply specialised technical cell planning for a specific wireless communication system;  
  2. Utilise a systems approach to evaluate wireless system performance in terms of quality of service and grade of service;  
  3. Critically review and implement radio cell planning software tools;  
  4. Survey and investigate the operation of the key wireless standards, GSM, WCDMA LTE and dimension networks accordingly; and  
  5. Propose procedures for the operation and identification of strengths and weaknesses of popular wireless multiple access techniques.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Problem solving (2) 50%
Laboratory Work MATLAB Laboratory Report 20%
Assignment Network Design Problem Solving 30%

Required reading

The texts below are recommended only.

LTE for UMTS, OFDMA and SC-FDMA Based Radio Access ISBN 978-0-470-99401-6.
Holma, H., & Toskala, A. (2009)
Chichester: Wiley

WCDMA for UMTS - HSPA Evolution and LTE 4th ed.
Holma, H., & Toskala, A. (2007)
Chichester: Wiley

Wireless Communications ISBN 13 978-0-480-84888-3.
Molisch, Andreas F. (2005)
Chichester: Wiley

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