EEEN40050 Wireless Systems

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module deals with the analysis and design of wireless systems, mainly wireless communication systems. The emphasis is on the design of transmitters (from modulated signal to antenna) and receivers (from antenna to demodulator), but the radio path and link budget will also be covered. A good knowledge of analogue electronic circuits and electromagnetic waves will be required. The radio-frequency (RF) blocks used in this module are covered at the circuit level in the module EEEN40150 RF Electronics. Modulation and coding are covered in the module EEEN40060 Digital Communications.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. analyse a given radio-based system or sub-system, solve related problems and perform the necessary calculations;
2. discuss the issues involved in the design of such systems and sub-systems;
3. design a system or sub-system to solve a given problem and compare alternative design solutions;
4. conduct experimental work safely and effectively;
5. communicate the results of their work.

Indicative Module Content:

Topics include:
- review of propagation of radio waves;
- antenna theory and practical antennas;
- link budget calculations;
- radio transmitter architectures;
- frequency shifting;
- non-linear amplifiers and their effects;
- oscillators and frequency synthesis;
- noise in radio receivers;
- radio receiver architectures;
- transceiver design issues;
- system-level design issues;
- simulation of wireless systems;
- examples of wireless communication systems.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The teaching in this module takes place in lectures.
Learning should occur during lectures, and also during private study.
Learning should also occur during the laboratory assignments, and in preparation for these. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Good understanding of electromagnetic waves, to the level of EEEN30030 Electromagnetic Waves.
Reasonable knowledge of circuit theory and analogue electronic circuits.
Some knowledge of communication theory, modulation and signal processing.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): End of term exam End of trimester
2 hr(s)
Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% No


Group Work Assignment: Labs Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 14, Week 15 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Quizzes/Short Exercises: Quizzes Week 4, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8, Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12, Week 14, Week 15 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Online automated feedback

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided on reports submitted on laboratory work. Automated feedback will be provided for the online quizzes. For the terminal examination, students can request to view their script.

Name Role
Dr Barry Cardiff Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Brian Mulkeen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer