University of Windsor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

ELEC 4400 (Wireless Communications)
Cross-listed with ELEC 8630 (Wireless Communication Systems)

Course Syllabus
Semester: Summer 2021

Please note: this syllabus will be reviewed during our first class meeting, and an electronic copy will be posted on the course website within Blackboard.

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Course Description:

The course introduces fundamental principles in wireless communications. It covers topics including cellular system design fundamentals, propagation path loss, fading and multi-path propagation, modulation techniques, diversity, channel coding, equalization, multiple access networking, and wireless communications standards.

Instructor Information:

Graduate Assistant (GA) Information:

Office Hours Instructions:

  1. Send a “Hello” message to the instructor or GA via MS Teams chat during the posted office hours.
  2. The instructor or GA will call you if he/she is available.
  3. If the instructor or GA is serving another student, he/she will assign you a number and call you when your turn comes.

Class and Tutorial/Lab Information:

The Implied Contract:

The instructor will strive to

You, as a student in this class, will strive to


Important Dates:

Check the Blackboard website before the exams for announcements.

May 24, 2021Victoria Day
June 16, 2021Midterm examination for the course
June 19-27, 2021Reading Week
July 18th, 2021Last Day to Voluntarily Withdraw from the course
August 2, 2021Civic Holiday
August 10, 2021Make-Up Date for Monday, August 2, 2021 classes
August 11, 2021Make-Up Date for Monday, May 24, 2021 classes
August 11th, 2021Last Day of Summer 2021 Classes
TBA Final examination for the course

Course Schedule:

The following course schedule is approximate.

Week Subject, activity, assignment, etc.
1Introduction to Wireless Communication Systems
2Fundamentals of Cellular System Design
3Characterization of Large-scale and Small-scale Propagation Effects:
Pathloss, Shadowing, and Multipath
5Digital Modulation for Mobile Communication:
7Equalization Techniques
8Diversity Techniques:
Receiver Diversity and Transmitter Diversity
9Channel Coding
10Multiple Access Techniques:
11Wireless Systems and Standards

Learning Outcomes:

In this course, the students will be able to:

Number Learning Outcome Code
1 describe the elements of wireless communication systems 1b
2 design cellular systems to optimize certain performance metrics such as coverage area, spectrum efficiency, and quality of service 1c
3 learn how wireless channels are modelled mathematically 1a
4 understand how path loss, shadowing, and multipath fading limit the performance of wireless channels 2c
5 understand digital modulation techniques, their performance figures, and receiver design for an optimal detection 1c, 2a
6 understand wireless communication multiple access techniques 1c
7 learn how wireless communication systems and standards have evolved over time 1c
8 develop the ability to compare the strengths and weaknesses of various wireless communication systems 2c
9 use software tools to simulate, analyze, and optimize wireless communication systems 5a

Evaluation Methods:

The course grade will be evaluated as follows:

Method of Evaluation % of Final Grade
Assignments, participation, and quizzes20
Midterm exam (take home, online)30
Final exam (take home, online)50


Grades for the course will be consistent with the following table:

Undergraduate Course Graduate Course
Letter Range(%) Letter Range(%)
A+ 90-100 A+ 90-100
A 85-89.9 A 85-89.9
A- 80-84.9 A- 80-84.9
B+ 77-79.9 B+ 77-79.9
B 73-76.9 B 73-76.9
B- 70-72.9 B- 70-72.9
C+ 67-69.9 C+ 67-69.9
C 63-66.9 C 63-66.9
C- 60-62.9 C- 60-62.9
D+ 57-59.9 F 0-59.9
D 53-56.9
D- 50-52.9
F 0-49.9

Assessment Considerations:

Exams and fire alarms:

Pulling a fire alarm (e.g., during an exam) is a serious offence. The Criminal Code of Canada dictates that initiating a false alarm is a criminal offence. Such an offence could result in a criminal record, a large fine, as well as disciplinary action under the University of Windsor Bylaw 31 where serious consequences would be likely (see Appendices for student misconduct).

Note that this sort of offence will affect your eligibility for the Iron Ring; additionally, a criminal record may preclude you from becoming a registered professional engineer. If you are considering pulling a fire alarm as a way to avoid a test, you are advised instead to own up to your poor preparation, take the F on the test, and ask yourself whether you have the dedication to become an engineer.

In the event that a fire alarm disrupts an exam session, the decision on how to proceed or not proceed with the exam will be made by the instructor. Therefore, if students are evacuated from the building due to a fire alarm they should wait outside and receive instructions from the instructor.

If a fire alarm sounds during a test, the instructor reserves the right to void the test and substitute a new test of greater difficulty during the next class period.

The Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET):

SET forms will be administered in the last two weeks of the course through UWinsite Student. As I value your feedback, I encourage you to take the time to complete these forms.

Intellectual Property:

General Class Expectations:

Academic Integrity:

All incidents of academic dishonesty will be documented with the Associate Dean of Engineering – Academic. University procedures will be followed. Such incidents may include, but are not limited to: submission of assignments other than your own, receiving or sharing prior knowledge of test questions, sharing or receiving information during a test by any means (including electronic), possession of any electronic device (including cell phones) during a test except for an approved calculator, sharing or receiving knowledge of a test with students who have not yet written the test, sharing a calculator or formula sheet during the test, using a solutions manual to prepare submitted assignments.

Per the University of Windsor Bylaw 31: Student Affairs and Integrity
Plagiarism: the act of copying, reproducing or paraphrasing portions of someone else's published or unpublished material (from any source, including the internet), without proper acknowledgment. Plagiarism applies to all intellectual endeavours: creation and presentation of music, drawings, designs, dance, photography, and other artistic and technical works. In the case of oral presentations, the use of material that is not one’s own, without proper acknowledgment or attribution, constitutes plagiarism and, hence, academic dishonesty. (Students have the responsibility to learn and use the conventions of documentation as accepted in their area of study.)

The uploading of test, exam, assignment, laboratory, and project questions to, as well as the downloading of posted answers from websites that offer on-line services is a breach of academic integrity. Academic integrity violations will be dealt with according to Bylaw 31. Typical sanctions for a first offence range from a zero grade to a formal censure listed on your transcript.

For more information on academic integrity and student misconduct please read Bylaw 31.

Supplemental Privileges:

According to the University of Windsor Undergraduate Calendar, The Academic Standing Committee may grant a supplemental evaluation privilege for a failed course provided that the student:

  1. has failed only one course in the evaluation period; and
  2. has a grade below 50%; and
  3. has a cumulative average of 60% or better.
If a supplemental evaluation privilege is granted and the student decides to exercise this privilege, the student must register for the supplemental and pay the appropriate fee. Once a student has registered for a supplemental evaluation and the required evaluation method has been prescribed, the evaluation will occur at the time and place prescribed by the Faculty of Engineering. Failure to write after registering for the supplemental evaluation will result in a grade of F being assigned. Both the resulting grade and the original grade will be shown on the student's transcript and will be included in the determination of the student's cumulative average.

Sexual Misconduct:

All forms of sexual misconduct (included, but not limited to verbal harassment, non-consensual sexual contact, online harassment, non-consensual sharing of images, etc.) jeopardize the mental, physical, and emotional welfare of our students and employees, as well as the safety of the campus community and the reputation of the University. Anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct deserves support. Regardless of whether the incident occurred recently or many years ago, you deserve support now.

If you wish to speak confidentially about an incident of sexual misconduct, please contact the Sexual Misconduct Response and Prevention Office at Please note, you do not have to formally report your experience in order to receive support, resources, and guidance. If you would like to consider filing a formal complaint with the University or have questions about policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct, the Office can also provide this information and assist with the process.

Engineers’ Canada, Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) Hours:

Subject Areas Accreditation Units
One hour of lecture (corresponding to 50 minutes of activity) = 1AU
One hour of laboratory or scheduled tutorial = 0.5 AU
Natural Sciences
Engineering Science70
Engineering Design
Complementary Studies

Will there be a laboratory experience and safety procedures instruction? Yes No

Services Available to Students at the University of Windsor:

Mental Health Supports:

Feeling Overwhelmed?

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If you have, or think you may have a disability, you may wish to visit SAS to learn how best to meet your academic goals. Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations in this course must contact an Advisor in SAS (lower level of Dillon Hall, (519) 253-3000 ext. 6172 or online at to complete SAS Registration and receive the necessary Letters of Accommodation.

After registering with SAS, you must present your Letter of Accommodation and discuss your needs with me as early in the term as possible.