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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 2G to 5G and beyond.

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:

  • Evaluate the operation of existing and next generation wireless networks.
  • Design network simulators using Matlab or OMNeT++ software.
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


- To locate source material, read specifications and present material. - An introduction to existing and next generation networks. - Bluetooth/ Bluetooth Low Energy/ Profiles/ security/ Service discovery. - Wireless sensor networks, Zigbee, time synchronised networks. - Wireless Resource Allocation. - Protocols. - Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) system.

Learning and Teaching

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

Resources & Reading list

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: MATH2047 AND ELEC1201

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