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Course in wireless systems.

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus IK1330 (Spring 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Channel capacity, transmission, multplexing,

Antennas, wave propagation, spectrum fading,

Digital Modulation, Spread spectrum FHSS, DSSS,

Multiple accesss FDMA, TDMA, CDMA, OFDMA,

Error detection and error correction, Wireless networks using standards for cellular mobile broadband systems, wireless LAN, sensor networks and PAN,

Environmental, social, market and economic effects of wireless systems.

Intended learning outcomes

This course provides an overview of wireless systems. It describes the basic design of radio links and radio networks, and describes the system architecture and function of different existing standards for wireless systems.

To pass, the student should be able to:

  • Give an overview how a fading radio channel affects the link performance of wireless communication systems
  • Dimensioning a radio link in terms of range and channel capacity based on given conditions
  • Explain how multiple access methods works
  • Estimate the capacity of a radio network and describe the relation between system capacity, deployment strategy, cost and available spectrum
  • Describe structure and actors of a telecom market
  • Give an overview of the system architecture of the various existing wireless communication systems
  • Explain, in a wide sense, the environmental and sustainability challenge of the ICT-industry. (Electromagnetic radiation, energy, limited natural resources, environmentally harmful effects).

For the highest grade, the student should be able to:

  • Explain wave propagation mechanisms and make judgments based on how these mechanisms affect the wave propagation
  • Solve a general design problem for the radio links and radio networks by using simple formulas
  • In a telecom market, be able to explain, the main actors business model and how the make money
  • Given an overview of various existing systems for wireless communications and compare the capacity, performance and environmental aspects of them
  • Be able to judge the economic and social advantages of providing affordable telecommunication in relation to its environmental effects.

Fulfilling parts of the learning outcomes of the highest grade results in grades D to B.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

IX1303 Algebra and geometry and IX1304 Calculus or similar courses.

IK1203 Networks and communication or similar course.

Recommended prerequisites

IK1500 or equivalent


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Wireless Communications & Networks, Beard, Cory and William Stallings Upplaga: 1:a, Förlag: Pearson: 2015 or similar book.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Problem Assignments, 4,5 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LABA - Laborative Work, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Seminars SEM1: 1.5 HEC, Grading P/F

Laborative work LAB1: 1.5 HEC, Grading P/F

Assignments: INL1: 4,5 HEC, Grading A-F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web IK1330

Offered by

EECS/Computer Science

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering, Technology

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Anders Västberg

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: