Wireless PHY/MAC Fundamentals


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module build on a basic understanding of wireless communications fundamentals, mathematics and statistics as e.g. obtained on the BSc in Electrical Engineering or similar

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Fundamental communication theory for wireless transmission
    • Classical communication theory
    • Noise handling in wireless communications
      • Loss and channel models (Friis transmission formula)
      • Analog chains, noise factor
      • Digital chains, coding
    • Detection and demodulation theory (coherent vs non-coherent)
  • Transceiver architectures, blocks and components
    • Transceiver structures and synchronization (incl. duplexing and access aspects)
    • Non-ideal components (non-linearities, compression and intercept)
    • Dynamic range and link budget
    • S-parameter description of components
    • RF/u-wave measurements of wireless communication blocks and chains
  • Modeling and simulation of transceiver systems
    • Complex baseband representation of pass-band communication
    • Signal distortion due to block imperfections


  • Establish a link budget
  • Synthesize a transceiver system on a block diagram level
  • Describe the modifications that a signal undergoes through a transceiver chain
  • Calculate key performance characteristics for a full transceiver chain based on specifications for the individual blocks
  • Simulate the transmission of digital data through a full transceiver chain – including transmitter, lossy and noisy wireless channel, and receiver


  • Discuss and evaluate the impact of different transceiver blocks in a communication link
  • Set up a simulation model to access and evaluate the performance of (digital data) transmission over a wireless communication link

Type of instruction

Types of instruction are listed at the start of §17; Structure and contents of the programme.



Name of examWireless PHY/MAC Fundamentals
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleTrådløse PHY og MAC grundbegreber
Module codeESNWCSK1K1
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design