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SSY145 - Wireless networks  
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: Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering

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

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   03 Jun 2014 am V,  14 Jan 2014 pm M,  29 Aug 2014 pm M

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Bitr professor  Fredrik Brännström

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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

Basic courses in random processes, data communication, and computer networks are recommended.


This course focuses on wireless data communications including wireless internet. The students acquire knowledge into the current and future state-of-the-art of technology in the field of wireless communications. Another goal of the course is to ensure student can explain the impact of commercial, political, and regulatory factors on the design of wireless systems. The course will treat current relevant technologies, and the exact content may change from year to year.

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

· explain how wireless systems should be designed to successfully carry TCP traffic · explain the fundamentals about wireless security · describe the main technologies used in modern systems to provide QoS and fairness · evaluate the performance of networks by simulation · describe the most important standardization and spectrum regulation bodies, how they interact and how they impact the design of technical systems · learn about a current hot topic by identifying and studying the appropriate literature · orally present an overview of the literature covering a current hot topic.


  • Background

  • Short introduction to wireless communications

    • Limitations imposed by the wireless channel

    • Countermeasures to overcome these limitations

  • Wireless Internet

  • TCP over wireless channels

  • IP-based Networks

    • Elastic and streaming services

    • QoS and fairness

    • IntServ and DiffServ

    • Scheduling

    • Admission control

    • Security in wireless networks

  • System overviews

    • 3G Evolution: HSPA and LTE

    • WLAN - wireless local area networks

    • WPAN - wireless personal area networks

    • WSN - wireless sensor networks

  • Analysis and simulation of wireless networks

  • Overview of spectrum regulation bodies

  • Overview of wireless system standardization bodies

  • Effective techniques for oral presentations

  • Current hot topics (will change from year to year)6


The course is comprised of approximately 16 lectures, workshops and one project related to a current hot topic. A significant part of the lectures will be guest lectures given by industry experts. This is complemented by more lectures on fundamentals given by academics.


To be decided.


The final grade (TH) is based on scores from projects, quizzes, and a written exam. The project and the literature study are mandatory in the sense that they must be passed to pass the course.

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