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.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKhoa Phan

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

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

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites CSE2NEF or CSE5NEF OR Must be admitted in SMTNE OR requires subject coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsCSE4WIR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Wireless Communication Networks and Systems

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorCory Beard & William Stallings



PublisherPearson Global


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Describe and evaluate wireless communication characteristics (noise, channel capacity, bit error rate).
02. Describe and evaluate wireless signal propagation, impairments in received wireless signals and antennas
03. Analyse and evaluate the techniques for addressing the impairments in wireless communication (error correction, multiple access, OFDM etc.)
04. Describe high density wireless network design.
05. Describe the interface between the physical and the higher layers of the protocol stack in a wireless system.
06. Describe the wireless Ethernet protocol (IEEE 802.11and Bluetooth and compare these with the wired network protocols.
07. Describe channel and frequency allocation in IEEE 802.11.
08. Describe the security issues in the wireless Ethernet protocol.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKhoa Phan

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 2.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
First mid-term problem solving test (approx. word equiv 700) To be conducted in Week 4. This test is scheduled early in the semester and has a small weightage to encourage the students to engage in learning on regular basis.N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2
One 2-hour examination Hurdle Requirement: To pass the subject, a pass in the examination is mandatory.N/AN/AN/AYes60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7, SILO8
In Class Weekly workshop Assessment (approx. word equiv 500) Conducted on a weekly basisN/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6, SILO7
2nd mid-term problem solving test (approx. word equiv 1300) To be conducted in Week 9.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO5, SILO6