Mobile Communications

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
02 June 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC H64112 5G and Emerging Communication Systems,
MSC GH64N1 Computer Systems Engineering

Module description

This module will examine technologies underlying current and future wireless communications systems. The unique challenges and opportunities that arise when using wireless connections will be explored in detail. An in-depth study of the physical layer and an understanding of the trade-offs to be made therein will be delivered. Following on from this, higher-layer techniques for establishing wireless physical links will be studied.

Medium Access Control (MAC), and network routing will be covered, with the emphasis on reducing access delay and increasing throughput. Case studies will be presented on wireless LANs, while coursework will look at cellular systems.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to examine technolgies underlying current and future wireless communication systems. The challenges arising from wireless connections will be explored in detail with an in-depth study of the physical layer.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Apply the concepts and supporting theories of advanced mobile systems to current and next generation communications systems;

  2. Explain the concepts of radio transmission to the extent that they impact on wireless communications system design;

  3. List, explain and generalise the trade-offs of performance and complexity in designing practical mobile communication systems;

  4. Explain and contrast different types of multiple access techniques, including TDMA, FDMA, CDMA and Carrier Sense;

  5. Discuss the basic concepts of mobility and radio resource management in
    wireless networks;

  6. Discuss the principles of network discovery and routing in ad-hoc wireless networks.

Module information

Outline Syllabus

  • A short history of wireless communication, a market for mobile communications, some open research topics, a simplified reference model.

  • Fundamental theory of communications, mobile communications, and wireless networks

  • Channel Characteristics, Modelling and Propagation

  • Communications over Wireless Channels

  • Mobile radio propagation

  • An introduction to commonly used MAC techniques including TDMA, FDMA, CDMA, OFDMA as well as ALOHA and Carrier Sense.

  • Concepts of ad-hoc wireless routing. Flooding, dynamic source routing and clustering.

  • Advanced Mobile Communication Systems such as Fourth Generation, Fifth Generation and beyond Fifth Generation Mobile Systems

  • Advanced multiple access techniques such as OFDM/OFDMA, NOMA and COMP

  • Advanced 5G/B5G technologies such as V2X, URLLC and integration of terrestrial/non-terrestrial networks

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Progress Test 1    25% 
Coursework   Progress Test 2    25% 
Coursework   Assignment 1    50% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Early Exams 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Haris Pervaiz, email: haris.pervaiz@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Haris Pervaiz
School Office, e-mail csee-schooloffice (non-Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create full e-mail address), Telephone 01206 872770.



External examiner

Dr Anthony Olufemi Tesimi Adeyemi-Ejeye
Available via Moodle
Of 23 hours, 22 (95.7%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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