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SSY135 - Wireless communications
Trådlös kommunikation
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-14 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPCOM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 13115
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   15 Mar 2021 am J,  10 Jun 2021 pm J,  26 Aug 2021 pm J

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Henk Wymeersch

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General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

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 provides students with a technical understanding of wireless communication systems, including the wireless channel, signal design choices, and algorithms in current wireless communication standards. The course covers basic propagation models, multi-carrier, multi-antenna, and multi-user communication, as well as 5G and beyond 5G communication systems.

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
  • explain the concept of spatial channels for multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) systems
  • describe and compare complexity and performance of the following channel equalizations methods: zero-forcing, linear MMSE, maximum likelihood
  • design and interpret power and rate allocation algorithm, including statistical and deterministic water-filling
  • 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
  • describe the foundations for ethical scientific research (e.g. related to dual use, data collection, plagiarism and authorship)


  • Radio propagation mechanisms: antennas, path loss, shadowing, small-scale fading
  • Time-varying impulse and frequency response and statistical characterization of wide-sense stationary uncorrelated scattering channels
  • Performance metrics of wireless communication, including channel capacity
  • Diversity methods in space, time and frequency
  • Resource allocation and waterfilling
  • Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM)
  • Multi-user communication: duplexing and multiple access
  • Multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) antennas systems
  • 5G and beyond 5G communication
  • Hardware impairments: phase noise, nonlinearities
  • Biological effects of electromagnetic radiation


The course is comprised of approximately 15 lectures, 12 exercise sessions, 2 projects (with 2 oral exams), and 6 quizzes (short written tests).


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

Examination including compulsory elements

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

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