ELG4179: Wireless Communication Fundamentals (Fall 2017)

(under construction, frequently updated)




Unofficial final exam marks and final grades are now posted. The official grades will be announced by the university in the regular way. If you wish to see your marked final exam paper, it will be available on Friday, Jan. 26, 4-6pm in CBY B308A (Jyoti Raj Sharma Subedi, jshar055@uottawa.ca,  ext. 6623). It will not be available at any other time.


Please note the following:


• The final exam has been marked very carefully.

• The marks reflect, as required by the University regulations, the academic performance, not needs/wishes/bargaining abilities etc.

• Everything has already been rounded off to your advantage.

• Marks are non-negotiable.

• If you do believe that a mistake was made when marking, you may request re-marking, but only once.

• All requests for re-marking have to be done in writing using the remarking form provided by the TA. Read carefully the rules of re-marking. The revised mark is considered to be final and no further requests for re-marking will be accepted.

• The marking margin (2.5 points) has been added to the final mark to compensate for inaccuracies in the marking. If you do request re-marking, the margin becomes null as everything will be double-checked to eliminate any inaccuracy.

• These rules are firm and non-negotiable.




Assignment 6 marks have been posted. Double-check and report any mistakes to the TA within 1 week.


Assignment 6 has been posted.

Lab 4 marks have been posted. Double-check and report any mistakes to the TA within 1 week.


Midterm marks have been posted.


Assignment 2, 3 marks have been posted. Double-check and report any mistakes to the TA within 1 week.


Assignment 3 has been posted. Lab 3 guide has been posted.


Assignment 1 marks have been posted. Double-check and report any mistakes to the TA within 1 week.

Updated Lab 1 and Lab 2 guides have been posted.


Assignment 1 has been posted. It is due Sep. 20.

Lab guidelines have been posted.

Labs will start on Sep. 19, tutorial – on Sep. 13.


First class: Sep. 6 (Wed.), 11:30, MRT 256.

Download and print the lecture outlines before coming to the class.


Midterm: Mon. Oct. 30, 13:00-14:30, MRT 256 (regular lecture slot)


No tutorial first week. No Labs first two weeks.

See below for extra info.



Course information:

see Lecture 1 for info and schedule.

Office hours:


Office hours: Thursdays 5-6pm. Outside office hours - by appointment only. No exceptions! You are encouraged to ask questions immediately after lectures (but not before). No questions by email (will not be answered).



Lecture slides (please take notes in the class as not all information is included in the slides):

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12



Marks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,


Assignments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,


“Remember that very little is gained by reading the solution to a problem before seriously attempting to solve it.” W. Briggs, Ants, Bikes and Clocks: Problem Solving for Undergraduates, 2005.

Assignment marks:


Quiz marks:



Additional material:



Marks: 1, 2, 3, 4

Labs guidelines: Lab 1, Lab 2, Lab 3, Lab 4

See Lecture 1 for schedule.

Please note that the preparation part has to be done before coming to the lab!

Useful Matlab documentation/functions are here:

Examples and demos (video), videos 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; extensive documentation, user-defined functions

Useful functions: hist, histc, cumsum, sum, rand, randi, randn, plot, axis, semilog





See Lecture 1 for schedule.

Teaching Assistants:

Course Textbook:

T.S. Rappaport, Wireless Communications: Principles and Practice, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2002. (2nd Edition). (available at the bookstore and on amazom.com(ca)).

Additional References:

* B.A. Black et al, Introduction to Wireless Systems, Prentice Hall, Boston, 2008.

* J.W. Mark, W. Zhuang, Wireless Communications and Networking, Prentice Hall, 2003.


The following 2 books are mostly undergraduate communications textbooks:

* L.W. Couch II, Digital and Analog Communication Systems, Prentice Hall, 2007.

* J.G. Proakis, M.Salehi, Fundamentals of Communication Systems, Prentice Hall, 2005.


The following 3 books are mostly graduate-level textbooks:

* G.L. Stuber, Principles of Mobile Communications, Kluwer, Boston, 2011.

* D. Tse, P. Viswanath, Fundamentals of Wireless Communications, Cambridge, 2005.

* A. Molish, Wireless Communications, Wiley, 2011.


The following 3 books deal with simulation issues:

* M.C. Jeruchim et al, Simulation of Communication Systems: Modeling, Methodology, and Techniques, Kluwer, New York, 2000.

* J.G. Proakis et al, Contemporary Communication Systems Using MATLAB and Simulink, Thomson & Books/Cole, 2004.

* W.H. Tranter et al., Principles of Communication Systems Simulation, Prentice Hall, 2004.


Math handbooks (to refresh your math skills):


* G.A. Korn, T.M. Korn, Mathematical Handbook for Scientists and Engineers, Dover, 2000.

* I.N. Bronshtein et al, Handbook of Mathematics, Springer, 2004.

* E. Zeidler, Oxford User’s Guide to Mathematics, Oxford University Press, 2004.


If you need some physics:


W. Benenson et al (Ed.), Handbook of Physics, Springer, 2002.



Midterm Exam:


See Lecture 1 for schedule.


Closed-book. Calculators are allowed. One page of reference material (single-sided, letter format) is allowed.


The midterm will cover all the topics discussed in the class before the midterm, with special emphasis on the topics included in the assignments and tutorials. See also below.

Final Exam:

December 21, 2017, 19:00 - 22:00, 120 University (FSS), 1007


* Closed-book. Non-programmable calculators only are allowed. Two pages of reference material (single-sided, letter format) are allowed.
* The final exam will cover all the topics discussed in the class (including lectures, tutorials, labs, assignments) with special emphasis on the material included in the assignments, tutorials and the labs.
* You answers have to demonstrate the full extent of your knowledge.
* Write legibly, communicate efficiently (that is, understandable to others). This is not less important than the technical accuracy of your answers.

* Simple copying of formulas from the reference sheets will receive no credit.