ME602 - Mobile Communication Systems

Credit Points: 20 credit points

Workload: 60 hours

Prerequisite: ME503 Telecommunication Systems Engineering

Co-requisite: N/A

Aims & Objectives

This is a final trimester core unit out of a total of 12 units in the Master of Engineering (Telecommunications). This unit addresses the Master of Engineering (Telecommunications) course learning outcomes and complements other courses in a related field by developing students’ specialised knowledge in applied cellular telecommunication and by applying critical skills to telecommunication equipment such as antennas, microwaves, broadband mobile signal coding, transmission and detection schemes and spectrum analyser. For further course information refer to:
This unit covers aspects of mobile radio systems engineering, planning and designing cellular mobile radio communication networks by studying radio channel modelling, multiple access and multi-carrier planning and assignment techniques, detection and error rate modelling and considerations and their applications.
This unit will cover the following areas:

  • Mobile Communication Theory:
  • Mobile Communication Channel Modelling
  • Advanced receivers and Core Network Evolution
  • Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and OFDMA scheme
  • Multiuser communication schemes
  • Antenna Arrays and MIMO systems
  • Multiple Input Multiple Output Schemes in 3G, 4G and 5G networks
  • Planning and Dimensioning of WiMAX Networks
  • Planning and Dimensioning of LTE-Advanced Networks
  • Spectral Efficiencies
  • Bit Error Rate and Q Function Modelling
  • Error Correction Coding

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Learn how to model mobile communication channels
  2. Evaluate mobile systems Path Loss Models and Diffraction
  3. Design of OFDM/OFDMA advanced broadband receivers
  4. Discern knowledge development and directions on the recent advances in 4G to the research principles and methods of 5G technologies;
  5. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources in the implementation and analysis of 4G networks within laboratory practice;
  6. Exhibit strong communication skills, ethical conduct and professionalism with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.

Weekly Topics

This unit will cover the content below:

Week Topics Laboratory/Tutorial
1 Mobile Communication Channel Modelling Laboratory 1: Tutorial 1:
2 Advanced Receivers and core network evolution Laboratory 2: Tutorial 2:
3 Multiuser Communication Schemes Laboratory 3: Tutorial 3:
4 Spectral Efficiency and system capacity Laboratory 4: Tutorial:
5 Antenna Arrays Laboratory 5: Tutorial 4:
6 Detection and Bit Error Rate Analysis Laboratory 6: Tutorial 6: Mid-term test
7 MIMO Systems Laboratory 7: Tutorial 7:
8 OFDM and Applications Laboratory 8: Tutorial 8:
9 Planning and Optimization of WiMAX Networks Laboratory 9: Tutorial 9: Assign. 1 due
10 Planning of LTE-Advanced Networks Laboratory 10: Tutorial 10:
11 5G Multiple Access Schemes Laboratory 11: Tutorial 11: Assign. 2 due
12 Review  

Please note that the laboratories may be offered in a different order depending on availability.


Assessment Task Release Date Due Date A B Learning Outcomes Assessed
Laboratory and Problem Based Learning participation & submission Each week in Lab Each week in Lab 10%   a-f
Formative assignment 1A
Assignment 1B (face-to-face, In class test, on campus)
Week 1 Week 3
Week 6
5% 10% a-f
Assignment 2 Week 5 Week 10 20%   a-f
Final Examination (3 hours) (Face-to-face, On campus)       50% a-f
TOTALS     35% 60%  

Task Type: Type A: unsupervised, Type B: supervised.

Class Participation Assessment
This unit has class participation as an assessment. The assessment task and marking rubric will follow the Guidelines on Assessing Class Participation ( guidelines/Guidelines_on_Assessing_Class_Participation). Further details will be provided in the assessment specification on the type of assessment tasks and the marking rubrics.

Textbook and Reference Materials

Text Book:

  • Leonhard Korowajczuk LTE, WiMAX and WLAN Network Design, Optimization and Performance Analysis 1st ed.), Wiley 2011.
  • J.I. Agbinya et al, 4G Wireless Communication Networks: Design, Planning and Applications, River Publishers Denmark, ISBN 978-87-92982-71-1, 2013

Further reading:

  • William C. Y. Lee, Mobile Cellular Telecommunications Systems, McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Internet resources:
Adopted Reference Style: IEEE

Graduate Attributes

MIT is committed to ensure the course is current, practical and relevant so that graduates are “work ready” and equipped for life-long learning. In order to accomplish this, the MIT Graduate Attributes identify the required knowledge, skills and attributes that prepare students for the industry.
The level to which Graduate Attributes covered in this unit are as follows:

Ability to communicate Independent and Lifelong Learning Ethics Analytical and Problem Solving Cultural and Global Awareness Team work Specialist knowledge of a field of study


Levels of attainment Extent covered
The attribute is covered by theory and practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students always play an active role, e.g. workshops, lab submissions, assignments, demonstrations, tests, examinations.
The attribute is covered by theory or practice, and addressed by assessed activities in which the students mostly play an active role, e.g. discussions, reading, intepreting documents, tests, examinations.
The attribute is discussed in theory or practice; it is addressed by assessed activities in which the students may play an active role, e.g. lectures and discussions, reading, interpretation, workshops, presentations.
The attribute is presented as a side issue in theory or practice; it is not specifically assessed, but it is addressed by activities such as lectures or tutorials.
The attribute is not considered, there is no theory or practice or activities associated with this attribute.