EEEN40050 Wireless Systems

Academic Year 2023/2024

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 Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written examination, open book 2 hour End of Trimester Exam Yes Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Practical work, assessed on brief reports Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: Online quizzes during the trimester Throughout the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Fri 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 8, 9, 11 Fri 15:00 - 16:50
Laboratory Offering 2 Week(s) - 4, 6, 7, 10 Fri 15:00 - 16:50