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ELEC6214 Advanced Wireless Communications Networks and Systems

Module Overview

This module is taught in Semester 2. It is particularly aimed at equiping our MSc Mobile Communications and Smart Networking, and MEng Electronic Engineering with Wireless Communication students with advanced communication theory and technologies, vital for a successful career in digital economy. This is a key taught module for the MSc Mobile Communications and Smart Networking, and MEng Electronic Engineering with Wireless Communication programmes and is complementary to the semester 2 modules, ELEC6219 Wireless and Mobile Networking and ELEC6252 Future Wireless Techniques. In particular, this module offers the students fundamental theory and practice of wireless communications, enabling our students to develop the vital transferable practical skills for working in the information industry. For undergraduate students, the prerequisites for this module are satisfied by having taken ELEC3203 Digital Coding and Transmission *or* ELEC3204 Wireless and Optical Communications. For postgraduate students, the prerequisites for this module are satisfied by the prerequisites of their programme. However, some additional background reading will be required for students who do not have a background in the topics covered by ELEC3203 and ELEC3204.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The fundamentals of mobile wireless channels, and the limitations of mobile channels imposed on communication systems
  • The architectures of mobile communications, and recent standard mobile systems, such as the fifth generation (5G) system
  • The foundation of understanding and working for future generation of wireless systems
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Appraise advanced modulation and transmission techniques, and practical channel coding schemes
  • Analyze practical wireless systems, and current as well as future wireless network protocols


Mobile fundaments - Multiple access techniques: frequency division multiple access (FDMA), time division multiple access (TDMA), code division multiple access (CDMA), space division multiple access (SDMA) - Space-time processing: multiple antenna techniques, diversity and multiplexing gains, multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems. Mobile radio channels - Pathloss, large-scale fading, small-scale fading; Power budge of mobile links - Doppler spread and coherent time, delay spread and coherent bandwith; flat fading and frequency selective fading. Modulation and transmission - Digital modulation overview and digital modulation schemes, spectral efficiency and implementation complexity, power efficiency and green communication - Carrier and clock recovery, coherent receiver and non-coherent receiver - Adaptive signal processing for communication, channel equalisation, combating interference, and multi-user detection - Multi-carrier orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and single-carrier block transmission with frequency domain equalisation. Practical channel coding schemes - The fundamentals of forward error correction (FEC) coding, convolutional coding, linear block coding, hard-decision channel decoding, soft-decision channel decoding - Turbo principle, turbo coding, turbo decoding-detection, near-capacity three-stage concatenated turbo transceiver. MIMO technology - The fundamentals of MIMO, diversity and multiplexing gains, beamforming gain, SDMA based multi user system - Vertical Bell Lab layered space-time (V-BLAST), space-time block codes (STBCs), Linear dispersion codes (LDCs), spatial modulation (SM) and space-shift keying (SSK), and spacetime shift keying (STSK) - A unified MIMO - Acquisition of MIMO channel state information (CSI), state-of-the-art near-capacity MIMO systems. Existing and future wireless systems and standards - 1st generation (1G) system, 2G system, 3G system, 4G system, %G system, and beyond 5G system. - Mobile ad hoc network, delay tolerant network, massive MIMO, millimeter wave communication, optical wireless.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Independent Study Hours: Completion of assessment task 2 Follow-up work 18 Preparation for scheduled sessions 18 Revision 10 Wider reading or practice 54 Total Independent Study Hours: 102 Teaching Hours: Lecture 36 Tutorial 12 Total Teaching Hours: 48 Total Hours 150

Wider reading or practice54
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Completion of assessment task2
Follow-up work18
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Lecture notes and seminar slides link.

L. Hanzo, S.X. Ng, T. Keller, and W. Webb (2004). Quadrature Amplitude Modulation: From Basics to Adaptive Trellis-Coded, Turbo-Equalised and Space-Time Coded OFDM, CDMA and MC-CDMA Systems. 

L. hanzo, M. Munster, B.J. Choi, and T. Keller, (2003). OFDM and MC-CDMA for Broadband Multi-user Communications, WLANs and Broadcasting. 

L. Hanzo, O. Alamri, M. El-Hajjar, and N. Wu (2009). Near-Capacity Multi-Functional MIMO Systems - Sphere-Packing. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Final Assessment  100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: ELEC3203 OR ELEC3204 OR ELEC6259

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