Module Description

Module: Advanced Concepts of Wireless Communications


Advanced Concepts of Wireless CommunicationsLecture3Summer Semester
Advanced Concepts of Wireless CommunicationsRecitation Section (large)1Summer Semester

Module Responsibility:

Dr. Rainer Grünheid

Admission Requirements:


Recommended Previous Knowledge:

  • Lecture "Signals and Systems"
  • Lecture "Fundamentals of Telecommunications and Stochastic Processes"
  • Lecture "Digital Communications"

Educational Objectives:

Professional Competence

Theoretical Knowledge

Students are able to explain the general as well as advanced principles and techniques that are applied to wireless communications. They understand the properties of wireless channels and the corresponding mathematical description. Furthermore, students are able to explain the physical layer of wireless transmission systems. In this context, they are proficient in the concepts of multicarrier transmission (OFDM), modulation, error control coding, channel estimation and multi-antenna techniques (MIMO). Students can also explain methods of multiple access. On the example of contemporary communication systems (UMTS, LTE) they can put the learnt content into a larger context.


Using the acquired knowledge, students are able to understand the design of current and future wireless systems. Moreover, given certain constraints, they can choose appropriate parameter settings of communication systems. Students are also able to assess the suitability of technical concepts for a given application.

Personal Competence

Social Competence

Students can jointly elaborate tasks in small groups and present their results in an adequate fashion.


Students are able to extract necessary information from given literature sources and put it into the perspective of the lecture. They can continuously check their level of expertise with the help of accompanying measures (such as online tests, clicker questions, exercise tasks) and, based on that, to steer their learning process accordingly. They can relate their acquired knowledge to topics of other lectures, e.g., "Fundamentals of Communications and Stochastic Processes" and "Digital Communications".

ECTS-Credit Points Module:



Written exam

Workload in Hours:

Independent Study Time: 124, Study Time in Lecture: 56

Course: Advanced Concepts of Wireless Communications


Rainer Grünheid




Summer Semester


The lecture deals with technical principles and related concepts of mobile communications. In this context, the main focus is put on the physical and data link layer of the ISO-OSI stack.

In the lecture, the transmission medium, i.e., the mobile radio channel, serves as the starting point of all considerations. The characteristics and the mathematical descriptions of the radio channel are discussed in detail. Subsequently, various physical layer aspects of wireless transmission are covered, such as channel coding, modulation/demodulation, channel estimation, synchronization, and equalization. Moreover, the different uses of multiple antennas at the transmitter and receiver, known as MIMO techniques, are described. Besides these physical layer topics, concepts of multiple access schemes in a cellular network are outlined.

In order to illustrate the above-mentioned technical solutions, the lecture will also provide a system view, highlighting the basics of some contemporary wireless systems, including UMTS/HSPA, LTE, LTE Advanced, and WiMAX.


John G. Proakis, Masoud Salehi: Digital Communications. 5th Edition, Irwin/McGraw Hill, 2007

David Tse, Pramod Viswanath: Fundamentals of Wireless Communication. Cambridge, 2005

Bernard Sklar: Digital Communications: Fundamentals and Applications. 2nd Edition, Pearson, 2013

Stefani Sesia, Issam Toufik, Matthew Baker: LTE - The UMTS Long Term Evolution. Second Edition, Wiley, 2011