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Wireless Communications

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Wireless communications have achieved ever-greater popularity in past couple of decades, and have quickly become an important part of our everyday life. This subject is aimed towards giving an overview of the most important and recent principles and technologies that are making current wireless communications possible.

Learning outcome

  • Fundamentals of wireless communications
  • Wireless networking challenges and protocols
  • Design principles for mobile and wireless networks
  • International standards for wireless networks

  • Identify the performance, reliability and security challenges in a wireless communication environment
  • Evaluate and select the appropriate wireless network technology for a given application and environment
  • Design of simple wireless networking protocols

General competencies:
  • Understanding the fundamental technologies of the wireless networks
  • Understanding the theoretical and practical abilities and issues of the various wireless communication technologies


The subject provides an overview of the history, the main principles and system architectures of wireless and mobile communications and the development towards the todays' systems. Different techniques and technologies for physical layer (e.g., wireless channel and modulation) and the data link layer (e.g., media access control and error control) are described. Network and transport layers are briefly treated with a particular focus on the further challenges and constrains given by the wireless communications. Different wireless short- and medium-range network architectures, such as IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi) and IEEE 802.15 (Bluetooth and ZigBee) are presented. The evolution of the mobile architectures (i.e., GSM, UMTS, LTE, and 5G) is also introduced. In addition, certain wireless and mobile applications and services can be also discussed, such as Internet of Things (IoT), Mobile Edge Computing, and Smart City.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Assignments, project report and written exam
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Assignments20/100 A - FAll.
Project report20/100 A - FAll.
Written exam60/1004 hoursA - FNo printed or written materials are allowed. Approved basic calculator allowed.
Compulsory assignments count 20%, project report counts 20% and written exam counts 60% of the final grade. All three parts must be passed to get a grade on the subject.
If a student fails the individual assignment or written exam, its possible to resit next semester. Project report must be taken again next time the subject is lectured.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Gianfranco Nencioni
Course coordinator
Gianfranco Nencioni
Head of Department
Tom Ryen

Method of work

4 hours lectures per week, in addition to assignments and project.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Wireless communications (MID260_1) 10

Open to

Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion.


Cory Beard and William Stallings, "Wireless Communication Networks and Systems", Pearson Education Limited, 2016, ISBN 10: 1-292-10871-1, ISBN 13: 978-1-292-10871-1

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020