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ELEC6245 Wireless Networks

Module Overview

This course is intended to give students an outline of how wireless communication and computer networks work "above the physical layer". This includes the interoperability of wireless networks such as WiMax/GPRS and WiFi to provide WiFi on trains etc. How wireless sensor networks gather and report physical parameters including body sensor networks. We also look at the evolution of cell phone networks from GSM->GPRS->3G->LTE->"4G"

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Radio propogation - how it is helped and hindered by the environment
  • Protocols that allow the through routing of data out of a network of sensors
  • How wireless resources can be allocated
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • How to make wireless sensor networks available as web services
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Present work orally and as a written report
  • Read and understand a technical specification and understand why things are done as they are


- Introduction: How to locate source material, read specifications and present material. - An introduction to GSM - GPRS/ 3G/ LTE/ "4G" - Bluetooth/ Bluetooth Low Energy/ Profiles/ security/ Service discovery - WLAN evolution - WiMAX security. - Wireless sensor networks, Zigbee, time synchronised networks. - Wireless Resource Allocation - Protocols. - Digital TV/ Digital Radio

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice28
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Completion of assessment task62
Follow-up work12
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

There are bits of kit needed. Bluetooth dongles, Bluetoothe LE dongles, "Zigbee" modules, signal strength APIs. These will be acquired by the teaching staff using the laboratory budget.

Sources will be given on the notes page of the course and as specific directed reading. There is no set text.. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework Presentation 10%
Group Coursework 70%
Tutorial presentation 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: MATH2047 AND ELEC1201

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