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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 Wireless Communications 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 Wireless Communications and MEng Electronic Engineering with Wireless Communication programmes and is complementary to the semester 2 module, ELEC6216 Personal Multimedia Communications, which is hands-on coursework based. In particular, this module offers the students fundamental theory of wireless communications, which directly benefits their 'hands-on' practise in ELEC6216, in order 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 fourth generation (4G) 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:

  • Advanced modulation and transmission techniques, and practical channel coding schemes
  • Theory and practice of Information Transfer in our information society, and the critical transferable skills to work in other information industries


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, and 4G system. - Beyond 4G (B4G) system, massive MIMO, millimeter wave communication, optical wireless.

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice54
Follow-up work18
Completion of assessment task2
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
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, O. Alamri, M. El-Hajjar, and N. Wu (2009). Near-Capacity Multi-Functional MIMO Systems - Sphere-Packing. 

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: ELEC3203 OR ELEC3204 OR COMP6238

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