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ES4D2 - Antenna, Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory

  • Module code: ES4D2
  • Module name: Antenna, Propagation and Wireless Communications Theory
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module continues the development of concepts and techniques required for an understanding of fundamental aspects of telecommunications. This will enable students to carry out project work in antennas, propagation and wireless communications. The module’s aim is to present fundamental theory and its application in understanding the operation of the physical layer of a wireless communications system, such as antennas, propagation, shadowing and diversity.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: • Solve electromagnetic plane wave propagation problems in lossless or lossy media (e.g. plane wave reflection/transmission from planar material interfaces). • Apply fundamental theory to evaluate antenna parameters. Design antennas. • Derive basic radiowave propagation models and use them to design and evaluate the performance of a wireless link between two antennas. Be critical of the limitations of path loss models. • Interpret the basics of shadowing and fading • Advance knowledge of diversity and multiple-input-multiple-output techniques • Design linear equalisers and Rake receivers • Evaluate performances of digital modulation techniques • Comprehend cellular communications and organisation and spread spectrum basics

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 30 × 1 hour 2 Example Classes for Revision

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year4/es4d2

Other essential notes

Office hours for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples) and past examination questions. Students must pass coursework overall »40%

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES4D2-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assignment 1 15%
  Assignment 2 15%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 70%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • MEng Engineering (H10G) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H60D) - Year 4
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 5
  • MEng Engineering (H10C) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10D) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H60C) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H635) - Year 4
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year (H636) - Year 5
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research (H637) - Year 5
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Exchange Year (H64Z) - Year 4