University of Florida

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

EEL 6509, Section 0522

Wireless Communications

Spring 2017

Course Description

This course introduces fundamental technologies for wireless communications.  We will address the following topics:

In the course, students are expected to gain some hand-on experience on W-CDMA systems (3G wireless systems).

Course Prerequisites


Recommended Readings


Dr. Dapeng Oliver Wu
Office: NEB 431


Yun Zhu

Course website:

Meeting Time

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, period 8 (3 pm - 3:50 pm)

Meeting Room

NEB 201

Office Hours

Structure of the Course

The course consists of 28 lectures, 6 homework assignments, and 1 project.

This course is primarily a lecture course.   I cover all important material in lectures.  Since EEL 5544 is a  prerequisite, I assume some previous knowledge about probability theory and stochastic processes, and hence I will cover some material very quickly.  Thus, depending on what and how much you recall from earlier study, varying amounts of reading in introductory books on probability theory and stochastic processes (other than the course textbook) may be necessary; these readings are up to the student.  I will only give reading assignments from the course textbook.

The class project is described here.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to current and emerging wireless communication systems (Chaps. 1&2;   3 lecture hours)
  2. Frequency reuse, handoff, interference and system capacity, sectorization, cell splitting, spectral efficiency, trunking and grade of service  (Chap. 3;   3 lecture hours)
  3. Introduction to radio propagation: large- and small-scale effects, multipath, path loss, log-normal shadowing, empirical path loss models (Secs. 4.1, 4.2, 4.6, 4.9, 4.10;    3 lecture hours)

  4. Complex baseband model, linear time-varying channels, narrowband signals and Rayleigh fading, Ricean fading, Doppler shift, Doppler spread with uniform scattering (Secs. 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7;    3 lecture hours)

  5. Fade statistics, coherence time, fast vs. slow fading, broadband signals and power delay profile, coherence bandwidth, flat vs. frequency-selective fading, effect on digital transmission  (Secs. 5.4, 5.5;    3 lecture hours)

  6. Digital and quadrature modulation, error probability with additive Gaussian noise and flat Rayleigh fading, coherent and noncoherent (differential) detection  (Secs. 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.12;    3 lecture hours)

  7. Frequency-Shift Keying, coherent and noncoherent demodulation, Minimum-Shift Keying, Gaussian MSK, power and bandwidth efficiencies, Spread spectrum signaling  (Sec. 6.9, 6.11;    2 lecture hours)

  8. Equalization techniques: linear/nonlinear/adaptive equalization (Secs. 7.2 -- 7.9;    4 lecture hours)

  9. Diversity combining techniques: selection, max-ratio, equal-gain; RAKE  (Secs. 7.10 -- 7.11;    3 lecture hours) 

  10. Error control coding techniques: block codes, convolutional codes, Turbo codes  (Secs. 7.12 -- 7.18;    3 lecture hour)

  11. Multiple access techniques: FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, ALOHA, Slotted ALOHA, CSMA   (Chap. 9;    4 lecture hours)

  12. Wireless systems and standards: AMPS, IS-136, GSM, IS-95, WCDMA  (11.1 -- 11.4;    3 lecture hours) 

  13. Advanced topics: OFDM, Multiuser detection, space time coding, smart antenna, software radio (1 lecture hours)

Course Objectives

Upon the completion of the course, the student should be able to


Please find handouts here.

Course Policies

Course Evaluation

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at

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Health and Wellness

U Matter, We Care:

If you or a friend is in distress, please contact or 352 392-1575 so that a team member can reach out to the student.

Counseling and Wellness Center:, and  392-1575; and the University Police Department: 392-1111 or 9-1-1 for emergencies.

Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS)

Student Health Care Center, 392-1161.

University Police Department at 392-1111 (or 9-1-1 for emergencies), or

Academic Resources

E-learning technical support, 352-392-4357 (select option 2) or e-mail to

Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 392-1601.  Career assistance and counseling.

Library Support, Various ways to receive assistance with respect to using the libraries or finding resources.

Teaching Center, Broward Hall, 392-2010 or 392-6420. General study skills and tutoring.

Writing Studio, 302 Tigert Hall, 846-1138. Help brainstorming, formatting, and writing papers.

Student Complaints Campus:

On-Line Students Complaints:


Grades Percentage Due Dates
Homework 30% see calendar
Project proposal 10% 4pm, March 3
Project report 60% 4pm, April 26

The project report consists of

  1. (50%) A written report for your project
  2. (25%) Computer programs that you develop for your project
  3. (10%) Powerpoint file of your presentation
  4. (15%) Your presentation/demo video on YouTube

Grading scale:

Top 25% students will receive A. Average score will be at least B+.

More information on UF grading policy may be found at:


Class Project:

The class project will be done individually (that is, teaming with other students is not allowed).   Each project requires a proposal and a final report.   The final report is expected to be in the format of a conference paper plus computer programs and a Powerpoint file.   On March 3, the project proposal (up to 2 pages) is due.  On April 26, the final report (up to 10 pages) is due.  For details about the project, please read here

Suggested topics for projects are listed here.

Course calendar can be found here.

Related courses in other schools:

Helsinki University of Technology, S-72.238: Wideband CDMA systems

Northeastern University, COM3525: Wireless Networks

Stanford University, EE359: Wireless Communications

Stanford University, EE360: Advanced Topics in Wireless Communications

University of California, Berkeley, EE 224B: Fundamentals of Wireless Communication

University of Texas, Austin, Wireless communications

University of Texas, Austin, Multiuser wireless communication



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