Wireless Networking Technologies & Applications


Text Book

         Yi-Bing Lin, Imrich Chlamtac, Wireless and Mobile Network Architectures.

         Reference: Theodore S. Rappaport, Theodore Rappaport, Wireless Communications: Principles and Practices, 2nd edition.


         This course will present the foundation of Personal Communication Systems with focus on their architectures and applications and examine state-of-the-art wireless systems and services, including digital cellular systems (DCS), 2nd , 3rd , and 4th generation wireless systems such as GSM, W-CDMA, CDMA-2000, WiMax, etc.

          The course also will examine other network technologies such as: wireless local area network technologies including 802.11b (wireless Ethernet) and Bluetooth. We will also examine some of the protocols, access technology

Goals of the Course

Student should be able to:

         To understand both what Personal Communication Systems are and their architectures.

         To understand the foundation of wireless technologies and examine state-of-the-art wireless systems and services

         To be able to read and understand the literature.

         To provide a basis for your own research and development on this area.

         Demonstrate your knowledge by writing a written report and giving an oral presentation describing your project.


         CS 542.

         Equivalent knowledge in Computer Communications (this requires permission of the instructor)



  • Personal Communication System  (PCS) Overview and its Architecture


  • Mobility Management


  • Handoff Management


  • Signaling System No.7- SS7


  • Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM)


  • General Packet Radio Service (GPRS)


  • Third Generation Mobile Service (W-CDMA)


  • Fourth Generation Wireless System (WiMax, IMS)


  • Wireless Local Loop


  • Wireless Enterprise Network


  • Advance Intelligent Network


  • Satellite Network


  • Special Topics on 4th Generation Wireless System






You will have two exams: a midterm and a final. Exams are closed book, closed notes, closed neighbor, no cell phones. The instructor reserves the right to assign a failing semester grade to any student who fails or does not take the final exam. No make-up exams.



You will demonstrate your knowledge by writing a written report and giving an oral presentation describing your project. The length of the final report should be 8-10 pages (roughly 5,000 words).The report may be suitable for submission to a conference or journal (if interested)

The goal of the project is gain analytical or practical experience and to show that you have mastered some knowledge in this area and to encourage you to find a topic which interests you (since this will motivate you to really understand the material)

         Discuss your ideas about topics with the instructor before starting.


Project  (30%)

         Report (20%):

         Project Demo 10%

Homework (10%):


  • 10% - Homework

Exams (60%):

  • 30% - Exam I
  • 30% - Exam II

Letter Grade and Point Range:

  • A 90-100 points
  • B 75-89 points
  • C 60-74 points
  • D 45-59 points
  • E 0-44 points


 Any indication of copying or cheating during quizzes/exams, on labs, or on the programming project will result in an immediate zero for the assignment for all parties involved and notification of the student's advisor/department and the Undergraduate Dean.

Important Dates


Luay Tahat  (tahaway@iit.edu)
Lecture: Saturday 9:00 – 12:00 pm,  Rice Campus, Main Campus and Internet  Sections
Office: Rice Campus Room 230
Office Hours:  Saturday :5:15 – 9:00 am
Voice: 630 - 682- 6021, Fax: 312.567.5067
Mailbox: Rice Campus : Dr. Luay Tahat,  CSP-545
 Available by email  tahaway@iit.edu


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