IT455Spring2011Syllabus - The Department of Applied...

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The Volgenau School of Information Technology & Engineering 4400 University Drive Fairfax. VA 22030-4444 The Department of Applied Information Technology IT 455: Introduction to Wireless Communications and Networking Fall 2010 - Syllabus 4:30 pm - 7:10 pm Thurs, Prince William: Bull Run Hall 257 Instructor: Prof. Michael F. Young Teaching Assistant: Mr. Amit V. Puranik E-mail: E-mail: Office Hours: By Appointment Office Hours: By Appointment Catalog Description 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 Bluetooth standards. Rationale 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. Prerequisites The prerequisites for this course are IT 300 and IT 341 (or permission of the department). A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in the prerequisite course before a student is qualified to take this course. The prerequisite course must be completed prior to, not concurrently with, this course. Course Objectives 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
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course IT 101-468 taught by Professor Allsections during the Spring '11 term at George Mason.

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