Mobile Communications

The details
Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
08 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC H64112 Global Communication Systems

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

On completion of the course, the student is expected to:

1. Explain the concepts of radio transmission to the extent that they impact on wireless communications system design.
2. Explain and contrast different types of multiple access techniques, including TDMA, FDMA, CDMA and Carrier Sense.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of ad-hoc and infrastructure-less networks: in particular their organisation, MAC layer specifications and energy conservation techniques.
4. Discuss the basic concepts of mobility and radio resource management in
wireless networks
5. 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.
- Radio physical layer
- Frequencies for radio transmission, signal propagation, error control, modulation
- Channel fading effects and mitigation techniques
- An introduction to commonly used MAC techniques including TDMA, FDMA, CDMA, OFDMA as well as ALOHA and Carrier Sense.
- Routing and topology
- Concepts of ad-hoc wireless routing. Flooding, dynamic source routing and clustering. Power conservation in sensor networks
- State-of-the-art technologies in 4G and 5G wireless systems, IoT.

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Progress Test 1 - Week 22 25.00%
Coursework Assignment 1 13/03/2020 50.00%
Practical Presentation - Week 25 25.00%
Exam 120 minutes during Early Exams (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
40% 60%


Coursework Exam
40% 60%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Mohammad Anisi
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

Prof Raouf Hamzaoui
De Montfort University
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).


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