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ICS 661 Wireless Technologies

This course is a Study of the theory and methodologies used in the construction of wireless networks. Topics include: Overview of computer networks and wireless systems; cellular concepts and design fundamentals; physical layer fundamentals; data link control protocols; security related concepts including authentication and privacy with message integrity; wireless medium access control (MAC) protocols; radio resource management (power control); resource allocation and call admission control; mobility management; wireless networking; wireless LAN; wireless mobile ad hoc networks and wireless sensor networks.

Special information

Note: Graduate standing. Students are responsible to both be aware of and abide by prerequisites for ICS courses for which they enroll, and will be administratively dropped from a course if they have not met prerequisites.First day attendance is mandatory.
4 Graduate credits

Effective August 27, 2005 to present

Learning outcomes


  • Analyze signal characteristics (such as channel capacity and multiplexing technique) to determine crucial performance indicators (such as the coverage distance).
  • Know the history, scope, and application areas of wireless technologies such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and wireless sensor networks.
  • Apply appropriate signal encoding technique (Spread Spectrum, Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum, Code division multiple access) in appropriate situations.
  • Apply the knowledge of different types of networks (LANs, MANs, and WANs) and the TCP/IP protocols to appropriate problems.
  • Apply different error control algorithms to appropriate situations to improve reliability.
  • Demonstrate expertise in reading peer reviewed papers in wireless technologies and explain them in writing.
  • Design cellular networks.
  • Know current network and wireless protocols and standards such as IEEE 802.11, IEEE 802.16, and know different types of switching technologies (packet switching, circuit switching, Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM))