University of Windsor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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.
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.
The instructor will strive to
You, as a student in this class, will strive to
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|May 24, 2021||Victoria Day|
|June 16, 2021||Midterm examination for the course|
|June 19-27, 2021||Reading Week|
|July 18th, 2021||Last Day to Voluntarily Withdraw from the course|
|August 2, 2021||Civic Holiday|
|August 10, 2021||Make-Up Date for Monday, August 2, 2021 classes|
|August 11, 2021||Make-Up Date for Monday, May 24, 2021 classes|
|August 11th, 2021||Last Day of Summer 2021 Classes|
|TBA||Final examination for the course|
The following course schedule is approximate.
|Week||Subject, activity, assignment, etc.|
|1||Introduction to Wireless Communication Systems|
|2||Fundamentals of Cellular System Design|
|3||Characterization of Large-scale and Small-scale Propagation Effects: |
Pathloss, Shadowing, and Multipath
|5||Digital Modulation for Mobile Communication:|
ASK, PSK, and FSK
|8||Diversity Techniques: |
Receiver Diversity and Transmitter Diversity
|10||Multiple Access Techniques:|
FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, and SDMA
|11||Wireless Systems and Standards|
In this course, the students will be able to:
|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|
The course grade will be evaluated as follows:
|Method of Evaluation||% of Final Grade|
|Assignments, participation, and quizzes||20|
|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|
If a student is experiencing difficulty meeting a deadline, he/she is encouraged to contact the course instructor as soon as possible to discuss the situation in advance of the deadline. Late assignments are not accepted.
If you miss an exam for a medical or similar reason, appropriate documentation should be forwarded immediately to the office of the Associate Dean of Engineering. Only then, a test make-up arrangement can be taken at the instructor’s earliest convenience in a time slot that does not conflict with your scheduled classes. The test can be either an oral or written examination. There is no bargaining with the instructor to change the date of the make-up test.
Transferring the term test weight to apply to the final examination is an acceptable remedy if a student misses an exam for a medical or similar reason.
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.
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.
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Course materials are made available to you for your own study and instructional purposes only and are not for redistribution, resale, or profit. Please note that students may not reuse or repost these course materials without the permission of the instructor.
Students who do not have the necessary accommodations are not permitted to record lectures in any format (audio, video, photograph, etc.). Posting course materials or any recordings you may make to other websites without the express permission of the instructor may constitute copyright infringement.
Attendance in classes and labs is critical to student success; students should seize the opportunity to share and discuss information in labs, tutorials, and classes. The course is designed to move swiftly and efficiently. If a student is going to miss a class or lab, s/he should inform the instructor and GA before missing the class or lab.
The use of technology during lectures and tutorials is limited to resources associated with this course, such as lecture notes and property data information. Social media and general web surfing are never acceptable uses of technology during class; additionally, you distract the students around you. If a situation arises where you need to communicate by e-mail or cell phone, please respect your fellow students and leave the classroom to attend to the matter. You may return to class when the matter is resolved.
The virtual classroom environment is premised on commitment to the following:
In the context of online learning, students are expected to:
While participating in this online course, students are encouraged to engage in appropriate behaviours. Inappropriate behaviours may include:
Students are encouraged to utilize office hours to ask questions. When sending emails to your instructor and/or teaching assistants, please keep the following in mind:
Groups are encouraged to develop ground rules, identify roles and responsibilities, set timelines, and set standards of communication for the group. However, students are expected to submit their own writings.
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.
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:
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|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
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