Wireless Systems
Course Syllabus (Spring 2016)
Fairfield University School of Engineering


Course Number: EE 383/ECE480

Course Name: Wireless Systems

Time: Tuesdays 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Course Location: BNW 254

Instructor: Jeffrey N. Denenberg

Final Exam: Team Design project

Office: Bannow 301C

Hours: Mon, Wed &  Thurs 2:00 4:00

Office Phone: (203) 254-3330

Google Voice: (203) 513-9427



Course Description:

This course covers several aspects of wireless communication, including antenna design, FCC regulations, and multi-channel transmission protocols. Modern design approaches, such as Bluetooth, are discussed, along with wide-area network systems (WANS) and local broadband networks.


Prerequisites:  EE321 (Electromagnetic Fields), EE213 (Circuit Analysis 1)

Expected Student Outcomes

Learning Outcome

Cognitive Level

ABET a-k


The student will know the constituents of a wireless communications system.


c, i, j


The student will be able to analyze various methods of wireless transmission and detection methods. 


a, c, h, i, j, k


The student will be able to analyze and allocate performance objectives to components of a wireless communications system.


a, c, e, i, j, k


The student will understand wireless coverage modeling techniques.


a, c, e, i, j, k


The student will become more proficient in their use of MatLab/Simulink in modeling the performance of complex systems.


a, c, e, i, j, k


The student will gain a group engineering design experience.


a, c, e, g, i, j, k

Textbook 1: David Tse and Pramod Viswanath, Fundamentals of Wireless Communication, ISBN #9780521845274, Cambridge University Press 

Textbook 2: Robert G. Gallager, Principals of Digital Communication, ISBN #9780521845274, Cambridge University Press


·        “Analog and Digital Communication Systems”, Hwei Hsu, Schaum’s Outline Series,
2008, ISBN 0-07-140228-4

·       MatLab Tutorial by Dr. Aliane at the University of New Haven

Performance Indicators and grading:

6 written quizzes will be given after each section during the term as outlined in the syllabus. The quizzes will be closed book, no notes, no computer and no makeup quizzes will be given.

Quizzes (4 of 6 count)                                     40%

Quiz Review Exam                                          30%

Project in lieu of a Final Exam                                                                       30%   

Quiz grading:

The purpose of the quizzes is to convey your understand the material; therefore, it is important that you show your work.  Even if you feel that the solution to a problem is obvious; you must still explain why it is obvious.  Furthermore; if you are asked to solve

a problem using a given technique; then use that technique; otherwise, I have no way to judge your understanding of the technique being tested.

Homework policy:

The purpose of homework:

  1. To give student practice.
  2. To prepare for the quizzes.

Periodic short quizzes on the HW due that day will be given in class.

Grades are based on honest effort (copies of the work of others, or content from the Internet, is not acceptable).

Homework is due Thursday the next class after it is assigned (except when specified). This homework cycle gives an intervening class where students can ask questions. If you know you have a conflict, please make arrangements ahead for time.

If you understand how to do the homework problems you will have an easier time with the Quizzes.

Class structure:

Lectures/notes/text/videos are the primary sources of information.