Core Module Information
Module title: Wireless Sensors and Mobile Communications

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: ELE11119
Module leader: Petros Karadimas
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Cyber Security and Systems Engineering


Description of module content:

Fundamental theory of communications, mobile communications, and wireless networks: modelling point-to-point communications; elements of mobile communication systems; elements of wireless networks which include fundamental problems of multiple access channel, broadcast channel, relay channel, two-way channel. and crosstalk channel. Capacity theorems and outage behaviour of fundamental channel models will be introduced. Application use-cases which relate theory to practice.

Mobile Propagation Channel & Physical Impairments: Large-scale path loss. Small-scale fading (mobility and channel time variation, wideband channel and frequency selectivity, timing, channel diversity), noise temperature. Theory and practice of handling the impact of physical channels.

Interferences and Competition: Four-terminal interference channel; Signal-to-interference noise ratio (SNR/SINR); Fundamentals of interference behaviour; Capacity theorem in competition environments.

Mobile and Wireless Communication Standards: Mobile standards, i.e 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, short range radio, i.e. WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, Lora, Sigfox, SDR

Microwave Systems: Radar, Satellite systems, Mobile phone systems

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically analyse the effect of noise and fading on a link;
LO2: Critically evaluate the underlying principles of several mobile communication systems;
LO3: Critically analyse the operation and design processes related to the major components of a telecommunication system;
LO4: Critically analyse/simulate/solve simple problems involved in wireless sensors technology and recent communication protocols such as Bluetooth, ZigBee and 6LowPAN, 4G and 5G;
LO5: Critically describe the need and main purpose for the basic building blocks in modern mobile communication systems

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Abdelfateh Kerrouche
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
LO1 and 2 will involve the use of traditional lecture and tutorial methods but will involve the use of specific system case studies LO3 to give "real" specifications. Background work for LO4 will involve you in directed learning using library and search facilities. Laboratory demonstrations will be used to introduce you to modern measurement systems used in the characterisation of components (LO4). Software and manual graphical methods will be employed in the design of common subcircuits and systems. (LO5 and 6).

The introduction to measurement systems and modern design software involves high levels of numeracy, problem solving and communication, all of which will enhance your employability. The use of background research and its implementation in the design process require you to be motivated and self reliant. The use of case studies enhance your outlook in your chosen specialisation.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is employed to support your learning on the module, allowing you to reflect on feedback on your progress from your tutors and peers. It takes a variety of forms including tutorials and laboratory sessions and does not contribute to the final module mark.

Summative Assessment:
This will consist of a design report (LOs: 3,4,5) on a specific applications and a final
formal examination (LOs 1,2,3). These will require a high degree of self – learning in terms
of ability to evaluate and self- analyse situation and provide solutions. You will be
required to show a high degree of autonomous activity in the development of solutions.
A considerable amount of self – learning will be needed to achieve an optimum solution.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 LO1,LO2, LO3 14/15 HOURS= 03.00
Portfolio 50 LO3, LO4, LO5 12 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
ELE11119 Wireless Sensors and Mobile Communications