Wireless Communications Online Course & Certificate

20 contact hours
Used For:
2 Continuing Education Units
Course and Certificate:

Wireless communications is a fast growing segment of the communications industry, with the potential to provide high-speed high-quality information exchange between portable devices located anywhere in the world. Potential applications enabled by this technology include multimedia Internet-enabled cell phones, smart homes and appliances, automated highway systems, video teleconferencing and distance learning, and autonomous sensor networks, to name just a few.

Wireless Communications is a course that provides an introduction to the basic design principles and analysis of modern wireless communication systems. The topics covered will include: introduction to wireless communications, the evolution of wireless communications – Second Generation (2G) and Third Generation (3G) systems, the cellular concept – system design fundamentals, mobile radio propagation – large scale path loss, mobile radio propagation – small scale fading and multipath, modulation techniques for mobile radio, equalization, diversity, multiple access techniques for wireless communications, and wireless systems and standards.

The goal of this course is to help graduate students to

  • learn about different wireless communication technologies
  • understand the basic components of a wireless communication system


No prior knowledge of wireless technology is required.

 Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and 1 final exam. 

  • Module 1: Overview of Wireless Communications     History   Wireless standards: cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, UWB   Wireless Channel Modeling    Module 2: Path loss and shadowing models 
Statistical fading models   Narrowband/wideband fading models   
Module 3: Digital Modulation and its Performance    Quick review of AWGN channel performance   Fading channel performance, overview of adaptive modulation   
Module 4: Capacity of Wireless Channels    Ergodic capacity   Outage capacity   
Module 5: Diversity in Fading channels    Time diversity, frequency diversity, and spatial diversity   Receiver spatial diversity: selection combining, threshold   Combining, maximum ratio combining, equal-gain combining   Transmitter spatial diversity: channel unknown, channel known   
Module 6: Multiple Antenna and Space-time Communications    MIMO channel model   MIMO channel capacity   
Module 7: Multiple Access Schemes    FDMA, TDMA, CDMA   
Module 8: Cellular Systems    2G, 3G, 4G 


 This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System.