ELT-41206 Basic Course on Wireless Communications, 5 cr

Additional information

Course page is on TUT Moodle2 The course is only intended for degree students

Person responsible

Elena-Simona Lohan, Mikko Valkama


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
ELT-41206 2019-01 1 - 2 Elena-Simona Lohan
Diego Menegazzo
Mikko Valkama

Learning Outcomes

In this course, the focus is on the basic techniques of the radio interface in all wireless systems and networks, on top of which, e.g., the Internet network protocols are built. Upon completing the course, the student can explain and compare the structures, principles, and possible applications of different wireless communication systems. More specifically, the student should be able to: - explain the general principles how the different phenomena in mobile radio channels have to be taken into consideration in the design of a reliable radio communication link; - compute the path loss encountered in wireless transmission, using basic path loss models - explain the whole transmission chain in a wireless communication or navigation system - describe the significance of different transmitter and receiver signal processing modules (coding, modulation, channel equalization,...) on the performance of a radio link; - describe the general principles of sharing the channel in duplex and multiuser radio communications, as well as basic operation of the most common medium access (MAC) protocols; - describe the general structure and main elements and functionalities of a cellular mobile communication system, as well as analyze the commonalities and differences in GSM, UMTS/HSPA, LTE , 5G and beyond 5G networks; - compute the load and capacity of basic cellular network configurations - explain the general principles how it is possible to extract useful information from radio signals for positioning applications - describe the concepts of Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine Communications, and tactile Internet.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. BASIC ELEMENTS OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS - Basics of antennas; - Multiplexing and modulation methods; - Basic ideas of spread-spectrum and multicarrier techniques; - Multiple access techniques; - Medium access (MAC) protocols, WLAN MAC.   - History of wireless communications.   
2. PROPERTIES AND MODELING OF THE RADIO CHANNEL: - Path loss models; - Large-scale fading; - Small-scale fading.  - Statistical modelling of fading.   
3. CELLULAR NETWORK CONCEPT: - Elements, structure and functionalities of a mobile radio network; - Basic radio network planning principles.      
4. PRINCIPLES OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS: - GSM, UMTS/HSPA, LTE, 5G, beyond 5G - WLAN/WiFi, - IoT, M2M - Broadcast networks; - Satellite communications; - Positioning systems (cellular network based, GPS, Galileo).   - WiMAX, Bluetooth   
5. RADIO RESOURCE MANAGEMENT BASICS: - Power control; - Handover (cell/sector, frequency, system); - Packet scheduling; - Access control mechanisms.     
6. FUTURE WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS - 5G concept - IoT concep     
7. BASICS OF WIRELESS POSITIONING - GNSS basics - cellular positioning basics - Wifi positioning basics     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

For passing the course, passing the exam or both the midterm exams after each of the periods is required. In these, mainly the students understanding of the core content is tested and this defines the grade. If understanding of the core content has significant shortcomings, the student does not pass the course.

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Study material

Type Name Author ISBN URL Additional information Examination material
Lecture slides   Basics of Wireless Communications   Tapani Ristaniemi, Markku Renfors, Jarno Niemelš         Yes   


Course Mandatory/Advisable Description
ELT-40007 Basic Course on Communications Engineering Advisable    

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
ELT-41206 Basic Course on Wireless Communications, 5 cr ELT-41200 Basic Course on Wireless Communications, 5 cr 1:1  
ELT-41206 Basic Course on Wireless Communications, 5 cr TLT-6106 Basic Course on Wireless Communications, 5 cr  

Updated by: Lohan Simona, 06.03.2019