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ELEC6216 Personal Multimedia Communications

Module Overview

This course is project-based and the students are required to complete a range of tasks. The teaching and learning of this module consist of mainly two stages. The first stage focuses on some fundamental issues, including the investigation by analysis and simulations of various digital modulation schemes, wireless channel modelling as well as the performance of these digital modulation schemes, when communicating over various wireless channels. By contrast, the second stage puts emphasis on the more advanced techniques on the topics, such as, CDMA and multi-antenna MIMO, multiuser detection, space-time processing, interference suppression, source coding, channel coding, etc. Students taking this course are expected to have the basic knowledge of digital communications and wireless communications.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce students to the most recent trends and techniques in the field of wireless communications, and to provide opportunities for putting theoretical knowledge related to mobile multimedia communications systems into practise, designing wireless systems and evaluating their performance.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • The architecture of mobile multimedia systems
  • The various types of wireless communication channels as well as their modelling
  • The principles of a range of wireless communications systems as well as their implementation challenges
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Employ the skills of Monte Carlo simulation to predict the performance of some specific wireless communication schemes based on various wireless communication channel models
  • Apply appropriate simulation tools for simulating the bit error rate (BER) or/and throughput performance of wireless communication schemes
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Analyse the constraints of some wireless communications techniques
  • Employ the knowledge of some novel techniques that have been employed or may be employed in wireless communications systems


Students are required to complete a range of compulsory tasks on the topics, including: - Additive white Gaussian noise (AWGN) channel modelling and simulation - Analysis and simulation of the BER performance for BPSK, QPSK, MQAM, etc., modulation schemes when communicating over AWGN channels - Modelling and simulation of uncorrelated Rayleigh/Rician fading channels - Analysis and simulation of the BER performance for BPSK, QPSK, MQAM, etc. modulation schemes when communicating over uncorrelated Rayleigh/Rician fading channels - Modelling and simulation of correlated Rayleigh/Rician fading channels, pilot-based channel estimation - Simulation of the BER performance of BPSK, QPSK, MQAM, etc. modulation schemes, when communicating over correlated Rayleigh/Rician fading channels - Principles and simulation of adaptive modulation over wireless channels. Students are also required to complete one to several optional tasks on the topics, including: - Code-division multiple-access (CDMA), which mainly focuses on the evaluation of the performance of some CDMA schemes with various single- and multiuser detection strategies, when communicating over various wireless channels. The possible CDMA schemes may include DS-CDMA, FHMA, THMA, multicarrier CDMA, etc. - Antenna techniques, which may consider the issues, such as transmit/receive diversity, spacetime coding, MIMO transceiver design, MIMO space-time processing algorithms, beamforming and transmitter preprocessing, relay/cooperative communications, etc. - Multicarrier and Orthogonal Frequency-division Multiplexing (OFDM), which may considers the issues, such as performance of downlink OFDMA and uplink SC-FDMA, uplink/downlink resource allocation, MIMO OFDM, techniques for mitigation of peak-to-average power ratio, techniques for inter-carrier interference suppression, etc. - Source coding, which may work on the issues such as compression of voice, image, video, etc. Source signals, various compression algorithms, compression efficiency, complexity, etc. - Channel coding, which may include the investigation of, such as linear error-control codes (BCH code, convolutional code, LDPC, etc.), non-linear error-control codes (constant-weight code, Hadamard code, etc.), various decoding algorithm, viterbi agorithm, turbo decoding, iterative decoding, etc. - Joint source-channel coding, which considers the issues such as channel optimised source coding, source-controlled channel ecoding, joint source-channel decoding, iterative sourcechannel ecoding, etc. - Channel estimation and prediction, which studies the issues associated with channel estimation and prediction as well as various channel estimation and prediction algorithms in ireless communications. - Interference mitigation, which deals with the issues, such as interference suppression in various wireless systems, multiuser detection in CDMA systems, algorithms for suppressing artial-band interference, multiuser interference, multitone interference, etc.

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice10
Follow-up work12
Completion of assessment task80
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

L. Hanzo, L-L. Yang, E-L. Kuan and K. Yen:. Single- and Multi-Carrier DS-CDMA - Multiuser Detection, Space-Time Spreading, Synchronization and Standards. 

L.-L. Yang. Multicarrier Communications. 

R Steele, L. Hanzo (Ed) (1999). Mobile Radio Communications. 

L. Hanzo, W T Webb, T. Keller (2000). Single- and multi-carrier quadrature amplitude modulation: Principles and applications for personal communications, wireless LANs and broadcasting. 

L. Hanzo, P.J. Cherriman, J. Streit (2001). Wireless video communications: Second to third generation systems and beyond. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Combined assessment methods 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: ELEC3203 OR ELEC3204

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