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ELEC6238 Research Skills and Practice

Module Overview

This module will ensure that all students on the MSc Wireless Communications programme have the skills and fundamental knowledge that is prerequisite to all the other modules in the programme. The focus will be on using Matlab as a simulation tool for implementing and characterising various wireless communication schemes.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide an introduction to fundamental research methods and techniques used in Wireless Communications

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Fundamental research methods and techniques used in Wireless Communications
  • The role and application of carrier and baseband simulation of analogue and digital modulation schemes
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop sufficient skills in Matlab to implement and characerise wireless communication schemes


- Matlab programming - Wireless Communication block diagram - Analogue and digital modulation - Constellation diagram - Eye diagram - Spectral analysis - Baseband simulation - Bit Error Ratio computation - Monte Carlo simulation - Equalisation - Carrier simulation

Learning and Teaching

Follow-up work6
Supervised time in studio/workshop9
Wider reading or practice43
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Completion of assessment task74
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

David Baez-Lopez,. MATLAB with Applications to Engineering, Physics and Finance,. 

Duane Hanselman and Bruce Littlefied. Mastering MATLAB 7. 

David McMahon. MATLAB DeMYSTiFieD. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Simulation 30%
Simulation 30%
Technique 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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