WCM555 - Wireless Communication and Microcontrollers

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Subject Title
Wireless Communication and Microcontrollers

Subject Description

This course builds on foundations established in COM455 to provide a comprehensive overview of modern wireless communication. Baseband encoding, digital modulation and multiplexing techniques are examined with an emphasis on spectral characteristics, noise, reliability and channel capacity for short, medium and long range wireless communication. Electromagnetic (EM) wave propagation principles and issues are examined as they apply to WLAN and 4G/5G cellular. LAN and WLAN network traffic is captured, analyzed and compared using protocol analysis tools to characterize and optimize networks. Building on skill acquired in MCO455, student teams will also engage in a project that combines a microcontroller and wireless communication to realize basic elements of remote control at the heart of the Internet of Things (IoT). Students emerge with a broad understanding of modern wireless network technology and the tools used for implementation and analysis.

Credit Status
One subject credit in the Computer Engineering Technology Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:


1.    Identify, diagram, compare and contrast time and frequency domain plots for a variety of digital baseband and modulated waveforms.

2.    Calculate channel capacity, relative noise immunity and minimum bandwidth for the same.

3.    Produce, recognize and explain block diagrams for a variety of wireless communication schemes.

4.    Use software to analyze complex digitally modulated waveforms, and measure their time and frequency domain characteristics with oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer.

5.    Describe wireless multiplexing and multiple access methods and calculate related parameters.

6.    Perform protocol analysis on Local Area Network (LAN) and Wireless LAN (WLAN) traffic to reveal OSI layer components, identify problems and perform optimization.

7.    Describe, compare and contrast network transport techniques used in various OSI network protocols.

8.    Describe, compare and contrast techniques and issues related to cellular communication techniques.

9.    Perform signal acquisition and vector analysis of complex wireless signals including WiFi, OFDM, LTE, Bluetooth, ZigBee and RFID.

10. Design, construct and test a wireless microcontroller system.

11. Select and specify system components and circuits to meet design specifications

12. Demonstrate teamwork skills necessary to successfully complete a project.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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