ECE 504 Wireless Communications System Design, Spring 2010

ECE 504 Wireless Communications System Design

Spring 2010

  • Class Info
  • Instructor
  • Office Hours
  • TA

    Class Info

    Location: Perlstein Hall 131, Main Campus

    Time: Tuesday & Thursday 1:50 – 3:05 PM


    Chi Zhou, Dr Assistant Professor

    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Siegel Hall 130, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Tel: 312-567-7998, Email:


    TA: TBD

    TA Office Hours: TBD


    Required Textbook:

    Theodore. S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, Prentice-Hall, 2nd edition, 2002, ISBN 0130422320

    Reference Books

    Andrea Goldsmith, Wireless Communications, Cambridge University Press, 2005, ISBN 0521837162

    Vijay K. Garg, and Joseph E. Wilkes, Wireless and Personal Communications Systems, Prentice-Hall, 1996


    Ellen Kayata Wesel, Wireless Multimedia Communications: Networking Video, Voice, and Data, Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 1998

    David J. Goodman, Wireless Personal Communications Systems, Addison Wesley Longman, Inc., 1997

    Course Description

    Principles of the design of wireless communications systems, including propagation models, cellular fundamentals, modulations, multiple access techniques, and other signal processing techniques.

    Prerequisite: ECE 513 or Approval of academic or research advisor

    The prerequisite of ECE 513 will be strictly enforced unless it is recommended and approved by the student’s academic or research advisor. The advisor has to email to the instructor with the recommendation and approval, then the instructor can grant the student the override for class registration.

    If you have any questions please mail me at:

    Course Outline:

    • Overview of wireless communications
    • Wireless channel models
    • Cellular fundamental
    • Digital modulation
    • Equalization, Diversity, and Channel Coding
    • Multiple Access Techniques
    • Examples of wireless communications systems and standards


    • Homework - 10%
    • Midterm - 40% (TBD, in class)
    • Final - 50%

    Tentative Grading Scale:

    • A: 90 – 100
    • B : 75 – 89
    • C: 60 – 74
    • E: < 60

    Class Policies

    1. Attendance is strongly encouraged. If you miss the class, you are responsible for catching up the missed materials.
    2. Late homework: No homework will be accepted after the solutions are posted. For each calendar day after the due date for the homework, there is a 5% penalty. For example, after 1 day, the maximum score is 95%, after 2 days it is 90%, etc.
    3. Studying together in groups is encouraged. However, turned-in work must be completely your own. If cheating is found, both “giver” and “receiver” get ZERO point.
    4. Missed Test: Call Instructor or Secretary BEFORE test time to notify of problem and to make special arrangements with instructor before next class.
    5. Supply your own 8 ˝ ˛ X 11˛ paper for all tests. Bring your calculator, but not your computer.
    6. All tests are open books and open notes.

    Students with Disabilities

    Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with documented disabilities. In order to receive accommodations, students must obtain a letter of accommodation from the Center for Disability Resources. The Center for Disability Resources is located in the Life Sciences Building, room 218, 312-567-5744 or