MSIT 413: Wireless Technologies

Quarter Offered

Fall : Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm ; Michael Honig, Ph.D


The course will give an overview of the technical concepts behind mobile, cellular, and emerging wireless personal communications services. The major driving factors in this area are advances in microelectronics, digital communications, signal processing, and advanced intelligent networking. The course will explain the nature of these technological advances and how they can be used to support new services. Topics include: wireless channels and propagation characteristics, digital modulation, diversity, multiple-access, and mobility management. Concepts will be related to current and emerging industry standards.

Required Text: T. S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications (2nd Edition),Prentice Hall, 2002

Reference Text: K. Pahlavan and A. H. Levesque, Wireless Information Networks (2nd Ed.), Wiley, 2005

Grading: 50% project, 25% homework, 20% midterm, 5% participation

Homework: There will be 3 homework assignments consisting of questions related to class material.

Midterm: There will be a one-hour test the sixth week.

Project: The project consists of a written report and presentation, and will be assigned to teams of between 3 and 4 students. Projects should emphasize applications of wireless technologies along with any technical content. (Examples are a business case analysis of a particular wireless technology, or a survey and critical comparison of specific products or services.) A list of possible project topics is posted on the class website. We also encourage team members to propose projects not listed. The report length should be roughly 20 pages. The grade for the project portion of the course grade will be based on both the presentation (approximately 20%) and the written report (approximately 80%).

Schedule for projects:

4th week: One- to two-page proposals are due stating team members, project objectives, and specific contributions from each team member.
7th week: One- to two-page progress reports are due.
10th week: Project presentations; project reports due.

Faculty Profile

Michael Honig, Ph.D