Wireless Communication Systems and Networks


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


The students must have insight in:

  • Communication over shared wireless medium
  • Layering in communication systems
  • Baseband communication
  • Information theoretic representation of wireless communication systems
  • Waveforms and frequency
  • Propagation, antennas and full receiver structure
  • Cellular structure and spatial reuse
  • General network models and architectures
  • Routing and transport protocols; principles of congestion control


The students must have understanding of:

  • Different multiple access protocols for wireless communication systems
  • Separation of functionalities in different layers in a communication system
  • Reliability of end-to-end data delivery and Quality of Service
  • Feasibility evaluation of routing and transport strategies based on system properties and requirements
  • Selection of relevant metrics to establish and estimate Quality of Service performance
  • How modulation is used for transmitting data over a wireless channel and how the performance is impacted by interference and noise
  • How wireless signals can be represented mathematically using complex baseband notation as well as information and communication theoretic models.
  • How wireless data transmissions are mapped onto time and frequency resources
  • Propagation phenomena such as path loss, multipath and shadowing and corresponding models as well as their impact on performance
  • Implications of using multiple antennas in a wireless communication system


​​​​​The students must be able to

  • design an abstract communication system chain and protocol stack, and justify the design choices in relation to the intended use case
  • use relevant abstractions and models from information and communication theory to model the constituent parts of a communication system and quantify the expected performance of different communication system blocks

Type of instruction

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



Name of examWireless Communication Systems and Networks
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 kommunikationssystemer og netværk
Module codeESNCTK1K1
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Communication Technology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design