Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject covers the fundamentals of wireless transmission. Students will study the various physical layer issues and impairments, and challenges in wireless communication compared with wired communication. In depth analysis will be carried out on CSMA/CA standards; WEP and Dynamic WEP standards and the processes involved for maintaining privacy and confidentiality in wireless network. A brief introduction will be given to Bluetooth and WiMAX technologies.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSomnath Ghosh

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE2NEF or CSE5NEF


Incompatible subjects CSE41WIR, CSE42WIR, CSE4WIR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsWireless Communication Networks and SystemsPrescribedCory Beard & William Stallings, 2015Pearson Global

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe and evaluate wireless communication characteristics (noise, channel capacity, bit error rate).

Lectures in Week 1 and the associated workshop in Week 2.

02. Describe and evaluate wireless signal propagation, impairmemnts in received wireless signals and antennas

Lectures in Weeks 2, 3 and 4 and the associated workshop.

03. Analyse and evaluate the techniques for addressing the imparments in wireless communication (error correction, multiple access, OFDM etc.)

Lectures in Weeks 5 and 6 and the associated workshop.

04. Describe high density wireless network design.

One lecture in Week 7 and the associated workshop.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Describe the interface between the physical and the higher layers of the protocol stack in a wireless system.

One lecture in Week 7 and the associated workshop.

06. Describe the wireless Ethernet protocol (IEEE 802.11) and Bluetooth and compare these with the wired network protocols.

Lectures in Weeks 8, 9 and 10 and the associated workshop.

07. Describe channel and frequency allocation in IEEE 802.11.

Lectures in Week 11.

08. Describe the security issues in the wireless Ethernet protocol.

Lectures in Week 12 and the associated workshop.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSomnath Ghosh

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
First mid-term problem solving test (1 hour - approx equivalent to 700 essay words)To be conducted in Week 4. This test is scheduled eary in the semester and has a small weightage to encourage the students to engage in learning on regular basis.10 01, 02
one 2-hour examination (approx equivalent to 2500 essay words)Hurdle requirement: In order to pass the unit, students must obtain an overall pass grade, pass the examination and pass the overall non-examination components.60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
In Class Weekly workshop Assessment (approx. equivalent to 500 words)Conducted on a weekly basis10 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07
2nd mid-term problem solving test (1 hour - approx equivalent to 1300 essay words)To be conducted in Week 9.20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06