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COEN 331 | Summer 2016

Wireless and Mobile Networks 

Class meeting time and location: Monday & Thursday 7:10PM - 9:00PM  Bannan Engineering 325



Behnam Dezfouli

Email: bdezfouli [AT] scu [DOT] edu

Office: Guadalupe Hall, Level 3, Room# 326 


Main Text Book:

Wireless Communication Networks and Systems, by Cory Beard (Author), William Stallings (Author) 

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Supplementary Sources: 



Student Evaluation: 


*Grades will be based on absolute scores, and there will be no curve.



•    Midterm: The midterm will be a closed-book exam covering all material up to that point in the course.

•    Final: The final exam will be a closed-book exam, covering material from the whole quarter, with emphasis on the second half of the course.


Class Discussion: Learning the underlying problems, basic ideas, and concepts of wireless and mobile networks requires critical thinking and interaction between the instructor and students. Students are highly encouraged to challenge existing ideas and present their own solutions. Up to 10 extra points is assigned to those students that regularly participate in class discussions.


Project: Students are required to form groups of x members, where 2 <= x <= 4, and conduct a research on the area of their interest related to the course topic and approved by the instructor. The project should be submitted at least one week before the final exam date.



The outline of this course is as follows:













Schedule and Objectives of Lectures:

(schedule is subject to change based on the level of interaction between instructor and students)


Week 1:

•    Development of wireless communications

•    The purposes of various generations of cellular technology (1G - 4G)

•    The revolution of devices

•    Future trends

•    Digital and analog information sources

•    Representation of audio, data, image, and video by electromagnetic signals

•    Characteristics of analog and digital waveforms

•    Frequency components of a signal (time and frequency analysis)

•    Identify the factors that affect channel capacity (Nyquist and Shannon formulas)

•    Various forms of wireless transmission


Week 2:

•    The role and scope of WANs, MANs, and LANs.

•    Circuit switching (CS) networks

•    Packet switching (PS) networks

•    Comparison of CS and PS

•    The importance and objectives of a layered protocol architecture

•    The process of encapsulation

•    The TCP/IP architecture

•    Internetworking


Week 3 & 4:

•    The importance of unlicensed frequencies (ISM bands)

•    Computation of path loss for free space and real-world environments

•    Multipath effect and Doppler spreading characteristics of channels

•    Approaches used to correct channel impairments (MIMO, CDMA, etc.)

•    Encoding digital data into analog signal (FSK, ASK, PSK, QAM, etc.)

•    Performance of modulation schemes (BER analysis)

•    Error detection, retransmission (ARQ), error correction (FEC)

•    Coding rate, Hamming distance, and coding gain


•    Orthogonal carriers (comparison against FDM)

•    Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS), Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS)


Week 5:

•    IEEE 802.11 architecture and services

•    MAC layer operation of IEEE 802.11

•    Throughput enhancement mechanisms of IEEE 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ad

•    IEEE 802.11i WLAN security procedures



Week 6:

•    Vision and purpose for the Internet of Things (IoT)

•    Bluetooth protocol stack and core protocols

•    Bluetooth 3.0 and 4.0 (Bluetooth Smart)

•    IEEE 802.15.3 and IEEE 802.15.4

•    Architecture of ZigBee and its relation with IEEE 802.15.4


Week 7:

•    Frequency reuse in cellular systems

•    Network densification and small cells

•    Handoff process

•    Analyze traffic demand and capacity requirements

•    First generation systems

•    Second generation systems

•    Third generation systems


Week 8:

•    The purpose of 4G

•    Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and Evolved-UTRAN (LTE)

•    The operation of EPC

•    Bearers and resource blocks in LTE resource allocation

•    Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) and Time Division Duplexing (TDD)

•    LTE power on procedure

•    LTE-Advanced



Week 9:

•    Key characteristics of mobile application platforms

•    Android system architecture

•    The reasons for needing Mobile IP

•    Roles of devices within Mobile IP

•    The operation of Mobile IP 





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Disabilities Resources 

If you have a disability for which accommodations may be required in this class, please contact Disabilities Resources, Benson 216, as soon as possible to discuss your needs and register for accommodations with the University. If you have already arranged accommodations through Disabilities Resources, please discuss them with me during my office hours. Students who have medical needs related to pregnancy or parenting may also be eligible for accommodations.  


While I am happy to assist you, I am unable to provide accommodations until I have received verification from Disabilities Resources. The Disabilities Resources office will work with students and faculty to arrange proctored exams for students whose accommodations include double time for exams and/or assisted technology.  (Students with approved accommodations of time-and-a-half should talk with me as soon as possible).  Disabilities Resources must be contacted in advance to schedule proctored examinations or to arrange other accommodations. The Disabilities Resources office would be grateful for advance notice of at least two weeks. For more information you may contact Disabilities Resources at 408-554-4109.


Academic Integrity Pledge 

Santa Clara University is implementing an Academic Integrity pledge designed to deepen the understanding of and commitment to honesty and academic integrity.


The Academic Integrity Pledge states:

"I am committed to being a person of integrity. I pledge, as a member of the Santa Clara University community, to abide by and uphold the standards of academic integrity contained in the Student Conduct Code."


I ask that you affirm this pledge and apply these principles to your work in this class.

Copyright 2016 - Behnam Dezfouli

Copyright 2016 - Behnam Dezfouli