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SSY145 - Wireless networks
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-11 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 elements   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   02 Jun 2016 pm M,  05 Apr 2016 pm EKL,  26 Aug 2016 pm M

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Bitr professor  Fredrik Brännström

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

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 that 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 various information
  • Explain the fundamentals about wireless security 
  • Describe the main technologies used in modern wireless network to provide QoS and fairness 
  • Describe the most important standardization and spectrum regulation bodies, how they interact, and how they impact the design of technical systems 
  • Write a report 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
  • Overview and analysis of modern wireless networks
  • Overview of spectrum regulation bodies
  • Overview of wireless system standardisation bodies
  • Effective techniques for oral presentations
  • Current hot topics (will change from year to year)


The course is comprised of approximately 18 lectures, workshops, and one project related to a current hot topic. A significant part of the lectures are 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 the project, quizzes, and the written exam. The project and the written exam are mandatory in the sense that they must be passed to pass the course.

Published: Fri 18 Dec 2009. Modified: Mon 28 Nov 2016