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  1. 1. CE4024-3 Personal Broadband Networks 2004 – 05 Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Technology MODULE HANDBOOK CE4024-3 Personal Broadband Networks (PBN) Page 1 of 5
  2. 2. CE4024-3 Personal Broadband Networks 2004 – 05 Module Handbook: Personal Broadband Networks Module leader: Alison Griffiths Telephone: (01785) 35 3292 Room: C203 Website: http://www.soc.staffs.ac.uk/alg1 Email: A.L.Griffiths@staffs.ac.uk This module will present topics in digital broadband networks and technologies. Starting with a review of the development of wired and wireless broadband services, topics in DSL and technologies will be presented. Topics in wireless networks will include transmission, the mobile radio environment, multipath fading, propagation loss and delay, and how these affect the design and operation of cellular radio networks. Cellular mobile radio principles and topics in GSM and 3G systems. Mobile radio including performance and comparisons in terms of blocking probability, number of channels and traffic levels will be presented. A range of topics in GSM cellular mobile radio networks, including network architecture, interfaces, traffic and data channels will provide a basis for more advanced technologies including GPRS, EDGE and W-CDMA. Learning is through classroom based lectures and tutorials. Assessment is based on a written assignment and a final examination. Module learning outcomes Knowledge and critical understanding of broadband technologies and Knowledge & Understanding networks. Ability to apply appropriate analytical techniques to critically evaluate Analysis Learning cellular systems. Ability to communicate ideas effectively. Communication Pattern of delivery Credits Independent study hours Contact hours Total learning hours 15 114 36 150 Lecture/Tutorial Guidance This module is a 15 credit module with a total learning time of 150 hours. Averaged over a 12 week semester this means that you should be working an average of 12.5 hours per week on this module. The total learning time comprises 36 hours Learning hours (class contact) and 114 independent study hours. The 36 learning hours comprise 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials. Much of the material presented in class will be supported by handouts. Such handouts are intended to present a wider background than is covered in class and should be read in conjunction with the lecture notes. Examinations will normally be based on the material presented in class. Independent Study (or student centred learning) has 114 hours allocated. This means that you should be doing about 9.5 hours per week on this module in addition to the timetabled lecture and laboratory sessions. Page 2 of 5
  3. 3. CE4024-3 Personal Broadband Networks 2004 – 05 In order to cover the module to the breadth and depth required for an honours module, it is essential that you work the hours allocated to independent study. Activities in independent study hours time include reading through the topics presented in class, working on tutorials, using the library to read around topics already covered, and to prepare yourself for the topics still to be covered. This time should also be used to prepare yourself for the formal assignment, and writing up the formal report. Assessment Assessment for this module is based on: • An Examination, duration 2 hours, weighted at 70% • A written report based on a problem based learning approach developed in the tutorials which is weighted at 30%. Each week we will discuss a subject that you have researched. To Pass the Module. In order to pass the module you must obtain the minimum pass mark (grade point 2) in both elements of the assessment , and obtain an average aggregate mark (based on the 70/30 weighting) of at least 40% (grade point 4). Work handed in after the set deadlines (i.e. late) will be awarded zero marks in accordance with the Modular Framework Regulations (see your Student Handbook). If there is a valid reason for late submission, the procedure for extenuating circumstances must be followed which includes the requirement for documentary evidence (eg a medical certificate if illness was the reason) and the work may be accepted if the reason is considered to be sufficient justification. Work submitted for assessment which is not your own work (i.e. copied) will be disqualified and awarded zero marks. If you are to achieve your best, you must attend the lectures and tutorials and read the handout notes in conjunction with the material covered in lectures. Tutorials Twelve tutorial sessions are timetabled for this module. You must attend these as the assessment will be based on a formal report based on the findings and discussions in the tutorials. Tutorial work is part of the teaching and learning process and is intended to re-inforce the topics covered in lectures and link theory to practice. Therefore make full use of the laboratory sessions allocated. Module Monitoring and Feedback Feedback between students and module tutors is an important part of the module monitoring process within the Faculty and University, and towards the end of the module you will be asked to complete a questionnaire for this module. As the module tutors we will also ask you, from time-to-time, for your comments on the module. If you perceive any problems, or have any issues or concerns that you wish to raise, please ask the tutors in the class so that we can resolve them as quickly as possible, (don’t wait for the questionnaire or for us to ask). You may also raise any issues through your class representatives on Student/Staff Liaison and Award Management Committees. Teaching Plan Page 3 of 5
  4. 4. CE4024-3 Personal Broadband Networks 2004 – 05 The table below shows the proposed teaching plan and is for guidance only. Depending on how we progress and for reasons not yet forseen, what we actually do might be different. It will be useful for you, for revision purposes, if you write in the space provided, what we actually cover week-by-week. Week/Date Topic Covered 1 Introduction and overview. 2 Radio Systems 3 Radio Transmission Techniques Modulation & Demodulation Multiplexing Multiple Access 4 Digital Subscriber Line Development of wireless networks Blocking Probability 5 Cellular Mobile Radio Concepts 6 Global System for Mobile, GSM 7 Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution, EDGE General Packet Radio Service, GPRS 8 Universal Mobile Telecommunications Systems, UMTS 9 Wireless LANs 10 Fourth Generation 4G & the future 11 Contingency week, revision, examples. 12 Contingency week, revision, examples. Page 4 of 5
  5. 5. CE4024-3 Personal Broadband Networks 2004 – 05 Reading List While the formal lecture notes with should provide a good basis for completing the module, students may find the following books useful. They should be consulted as part of the student self-centred activities. • Mobile Communications: Jochen Schiller, 2nd Edition, Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-321-12381-6 • Data and Computer Communications: William Stallings, 7th Edition, published by Pearson & Prentice Hall ISBN: 0-13-183311-1 • Web ProForum Tutorials, International Engineering Consortium, http://www.iec.org/online/tutorials/ • Please refer to my website for other useful links: http://www.soc.staffs.ac.uk/alg1/ Page 5 of 5

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