RRI703 Fundamentals of Mobile Communication Systems

Code RRI703
Name Fundamentals of Mobile Communication Systems
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Electronics and Telecommunications
Faculty Department of Radiosystems
Academic staff Guntars Balodis, Lourenss Zeikats, Lauris Cikovskis
Credit points 7.0 (10.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Course is intended as an introduction to mobile communication sysyems and consists of 3 modules: Fundamentals of communication, Transmitters and Radio receivers..
Fundamentals of communication is the first module. It covers the basic structure and implementation of data communication systems, communication channel, as well as mobile wireless communication network structure and operation principles. Examples are presented from digital communication systems, their elements and mobile communication systems 2G, 3G, 4G. .
In this mudule there are presented digital signals, modulation and errors in channel, Shannon’s theorem, throughput of Gaussian channel, as well as signal coding with block codes and convolution codes. .
There are given the examples of processing and transmission of signals in wireless mobile cellular networks, available frequency bands and signals, interference and noise, modulation schemas (FDMA, TDMA, CDMA), their specifications, as well as.
antennas used in mobile communication systems and radio wave propagation models in mobile communication. .
The second module is Transmitters. There are covered Radio frequency (RF) oscillators, efficiency of transmitter, power combining. As an examples are presented transmitters used in the Base Stations and safety engineering in application of transmitters. .
The third module is about Radio Receivers. It covers topics about methods and circuits used in radio signal reception: input circuits, selective RF amplifiers, frequency converters, detectors and automatic controls used in radio receivers. There are also presented examples of receiver concepts used in mobile communication systems – direct conversion, software defined and cognitive radios. .
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
At the end of the course students will have knowledge about operation principles of mobile wireless communication systems and their basic specifications, as well as have skills necessary to perform measurements and estimate specifications of mobile communication system. At the end of the course students will be able: - to describe operation principles of main blocks of the mobile wireless communication system; - to characterize specifications of radio receivers, as well as to identify features and specifications of signal, noise, interference; - to describe methods used in mobile wireless communication systems; - to define performance characteristics for different par
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Student will be able to describe operation principles of main blocks in the circuit diagram of radio receivers. - Self-assessment test and test assignment
Student will be able to characterize parameters and features of signal, noise, interference and radio receivers. - Self-assessment test and test assignment, laboratory work
Student will be able to describe methods used in radio signal reception. - Self-assessment test and defence of laboratory work
Student will be able to define performance characteristics of different receiver circuit blocks and to perform simple calculations. - Test assignments with calculation tasks
Student will know oscillator schematics and be able to perform necessary parameter calculations. - Laboratory work and calculation tasks
Students will have the knowledge about operation principles of cellular mobile communication systems and their basic parameters. - Understanding of interference and noise in data communication. Test assignment.
Students will acquire skills necessary to estimate data transmission and to calculate bit error rate in widely used modulation and encoding applications. - Analysis of BER and calculation of necessary bandwidth for digital data communication. Test assignment.
Students will be able to perform simple measurements in data communication systems. - BER and bandwidth measurements in digital data communication system. Laboratory work.
Students will know operation principles of radio systems, will have skills to measure and calculate parameters of particular blocks. - Written examination with 10-12 theoretical questions and solution of problems related to each of 3 course parts. All laboratory works must be defended to get permission to take the examination.
Course prerequisites Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of signal and circuit theory, as well as analogue and digital signal processing.

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