The Volgenau School of Information Technology & Engineering
4400 University Drive
The Department of Applied Information
Introduction to Wireless Communications and Networking
Fall 2010 - Syllabus
4:30 pm - 7:10 pm Thurs,
Prince William: Bull Run Hall 257
Michael F. Young
Mr. Amit V. Puranik
This course covers the fundamental principles underlying wireless communications and networking. Topics
include wireless transmission principles, protocols, satellite communications, cellular wireless networks, cordless
systems, the wireless local loop, mobile IP, and wireless networking technologies, including IEEE 802.11and
The course will focus on broadband wireless data communications and will provide practical and useful
knowledge that can be readily applied in the wireless industry. The course has been designed for IT, networking
students and professionals, not electrical engineers. It covers the real-world, practical knowledge needed to
understand, design, deploy, test and debug wireless systems from license-free WiFi to WiMAX as well as
microwave systems. Radio terms and wireless technology will be covered including the various modulation
schemes, antennas, RF propagation, WiFi, Mesh, WiMAX and related topics.
The course will also explain how to
read and understand radio, antenna and coax cable specifications, all of which is needed for successful
deployment of wireless broadband systems. An introduction and brief overview of cellular systems and satellite
communication will also be presented.
The prerequisites for this course are IT 300 and IT 341 (or permission of the department).
A grade of "C" or
be achieved in the prerequisite course before
a student is qualified to take this course.
course must be completed prior to, not concurrently with, this course.
By taking this course, students will:
Understand the basic of radio and wireless communications
Learn about the various popular standards and systems employed in the wireless industry
Understand the basics of radio propagation and how to deal with some of the detrimental affects
Learn about what factors affect the capacity of a wireless communication system
Understand the usage and allocation of the electromagnetic spectrum
Learn about the various types of antennas used in wireless systems
Learn the basics of digital and spread spectrum modulation schemes used in the wireless industry
Have a good understanding of WiFi and WiMAX systems
Understand the basics of WiFi Security
Learn about various examples of outdoor wireless systems
Have a basic understanding of WiFi Mesh Networks
Understand how to read and interpret documents containing wireless equipment specifications