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Unit information: Mobile Communication Systems in 2020/21

Unit name Mobile Communication Systems
Unit code EENG30010
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Doufexi
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The aim is to provide an insight into the choice of access techniques and design employed in future generation wireless networks. Analytical tools for describing information transfer, source compression and uncertainty are discussed and fundamental limits of communication systems are derived. The unit examines digital modulation schemes, and coherent and non-coherent detection techniques. A summary of the various frequency bands and systems in use today is provided. Radiowave propagation is then discussed, covering path-loss, antenna gain, multipath, shadowing and fast fading. System link budgets are developed.

Fast fading models are derived and, using the central limit theorem, Rayleigh and Rician distributions are derived. Diversity techniques are studied to improve fading performance. Cellular design is presented covering issues such as co-channel interference, frequency re-use, cluster size and handover.

Intended learning outcomes

Having completed this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the concepts and results of information theory, including information, uncertainly, entropy and information capacity
  2. Explain fundamental concepts and limits in lossless source compression, Huffman coding, Lempel-Ziv
  3. Derive capacity for several communication channel models
  4. Understand Propagation Principles and Statistics
  5. Outline Design goals for digital modulation techniques and describe different digital modulation schemes.
  6. Perform Cellular Design and Capacity evaluations in cellular networks

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

The intended learning outcomes for the unit will be assessed through a coursework based assignment.

Reading and References

· Haykin, S. & Moher, M. Introduction to Analog and Digital Communications

· Jones, D.S., Elementary Information Theory

· Thomas M. Cover, Joy A. Thomas “Elements of Information Theory”, Second Edition, Wiley 2005

· David McKay “Information Theory inference and learning algorithms” Cambridge University Press,


· Shannon, C.E. and W. Weaver, The Mathematical Theory of Communication, University of Illinois

Press, 1963, ISBN:0 252 72548 4 (Q360 SHA)

· Parsons, J.D., The Mobile Radio Propagation Channel,2nd Edition, J. Wiley, 2000, ISBN:978-0-471-

98857-1 Highly Recommended for part 1.

· Proakis, J., Digital Communications, 4th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2000, ISBN:0071181830.

· Sklar, B., Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2001,


· Haykin. S., Communication Systems, 4th Edition, John Wiley, 2000, ISBN:0471178691.

· Rappaport. T.S., Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, 2001, ISBN:0160422320.