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SSY135 - Wireless communications
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPCOM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: B

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   14 Mar 2014 pm M,  17 Jan 2014 pm M,  28 Aug 2014 pm V

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Bitr professor  Henk Wymeersch


ESS036   Wireless communications

Course evaluation:


For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

A passing grade in SSY125 Digital Communications, or a similar course, is required.

This implies working knowledge of basic concepts in signal processing (linear filtering, convolution, impulse response, frequency response, Fourier transforms), probability and random processes (probability density functions, conditional probabilities, expectation, power spectral density), modulation (pulse-amplitude modulation, quadrature modulation, intersymbol interference), error-control coding (block codes, convolutional codes), error probability analysis for additive white Gaussian (AWGN) channels, power efficiency, and spectral efficiency, and channel capacity for AWGN channels. Basic MATLAB skills programming skills are required to complete the course projects.


The course is concerned with design of wireless communication systems. This includes link design (i.e., choice of modulation, channel coding, and possible use of multiple antenna techniques), channel access design (i.e., choice of multiple access, multiplexing, and duplexing techniques), and network design (e.g., choice of cell layout, power control, frequency and channel reuse strategies). Wireless channel models, coding, and modulation are particularly emphasized. The aim is that the students will acquire enough understanding of the wireless channel and the state of the technology to explain why today¿s systems are designed as they are and how they can be improved as technology evolves.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • explain why small-scale and large-scale fading occurs

  • describe the conditions under which the standard path loss and fading models accurately predicts real-world radio wave propagation

  • define Doppler spread, delay spread, coherence time, and coherence bandwidth and explain how these parameters are related and affect the wireless physical layer design

  • define the performance metrics instantaneous error probability, average error probability, and outage probability and understand which metric is appropriate for a given scenario

  • define ergodic and outage channel capacity and explain under which conditions these concepts indicate the spectral efficiency of an optimum link design

  • evaluate the performance of communication links over fading channels by analysis and computer simulations

  • define the concepts of channel reuse, uplink, downlink, multiple access, multiplexing, frequency-division, time-division, code-division, and space-division

  • define the concepts of time, frequency, and space diversity and explain how diversity can be achieved in practice using channel codes, interleaving, equalizers, and multiple antennas.

  • explain the concept of spatial channels for multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) systems

  • explain the effect of phase noise and power amplifier nonlinearities on the communication link

  • describe the current knowledge of health effects of electromagnetic radiation and how this affects the design of wireless communication equipment via regulations, recommendations, and measurement methods for determining safe levels of exposure.


  • Radio propagation mechanisms

  • Antenna gain

  • Path loss: free-space, log-distance, empirical models

  • Large-scale fading: log-normal shadow fading

  • Small-scale fading: Rayleigh, Ricean, and Nakagami-m

  • Time-varying impulse and frequency response

  • Statistical characterization of wide-sense stationary uncorrelated scattering channels

  • Coherence time and coherence bandwidth

  • Power delay profile, mean delay spread, and rms delay spread

  • Doppler spectrum and Doppler spread

  • Space, time, and frequency diversity

  • Diversity combining schemes: maximum ratio, equal-gain, selection, and switched combining

  • Transmit and received diversity

  • Average and instantaneous error probability for fading channels

  • Outage probability for fading channels

  • Outage and ergodic channel capacity for fading channels

  • Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing

  • Channel coding and interleaving

  • Multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) antennas systems

  • Spread spectrum

  • Fundamentals of cellular systems

  • Hardware impairments: phase noise, nonlinearities

  • Biological effects of electromagnetic radiation


The course is comprised of approximately 18 lectures, 14 exercise sessions, 2 projects, and 6 quizzes (short written tests).


Andrea Goldsmith, Wireless Communications, Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN-13: 9780521837163, ISBN-10: 0521837162.


The final grade (TH) is based on scores from projects, quizzes, and a written exam.

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