Lifewide learning courses and programmes

Wireless systems

This introductory course on wireless systems provides a comprehensive understanding of radio communications in general, starting from an overview of regulations and standardisation activities, and including details of the wireless channel modeling, link-level connectivity aspects, as well as the key features that differentiate cellular systems from wireless systems.


Teaching time:



Electrical engineering

Form of learning:



Aalto University, FITech




5 By Aalto University (ECTS)


€ 0.00

Application period:

1.6.2023 – 27.8.2023

Target group and prerequisites

BSc level knowledge on some technology area (= basic university mathematics)

Course description

Course contents

  • Unit 1: Introduction
  • Unit 2: Wireless channel
  • Unit 3: Wireless link
  • Unit 4: Cellular systems
  • Unit 5: Wireless systems

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student

  • can recognise the difference between mobile and wireless communication systems and know the role that international organizations (such as ITU, 3GPP, IEEE) have in their development
  • is aware of the (licensed/unlicensed) frequency bands in which most of contemporary wireless communications take place and understand the relation that exist between communication bandwidth (data rate) and coverage in each frequency band
  • knows the principles of physics that govern the propagation of radio signals, understand how to model them statistically, and use them to compute simple link budgets in radio systems
  • can recognise the difference between the different multiplexing, multiple-access and duplexing methods that guarantee the connectivity in contemporary wireless communication systems
  • is aware of the target, technology components, spectrum and use cases of 5G standards, as well as most popular WPAN (Bluetooth), WLAN (Wi-Fi) and LPWAN (MTC/NB-IoT) standards
  • knows how to do simple practical measurements and scientific research on wireless communication systems (5G), and develop team-work and multi-cultural communication skills.

Completion methods

  • Online lectures on Mondays at 12-14 and Wednesdays at 14-16 (streamed, active participation expected)
  • Exercises on Fridays at 10-12
  • Examination 16.10. at 16:30-19:30
  • Quizzes, pre-lecture activities, project assignments, homework
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