Mobile and Personal Communications

Catalog Description

Providing the students with a comprehensive knowledge of most technical aspects, operations, and applications of current and future generations of cellular mobile and personal communication technologies. Offering technical, practical, and up-to-date treatment of the latest wireless communication technologies and system design implementations. Also, describing the emerging personal communications systems and emerging personal communications services. Focus is on the cellular mobile radio while Limited coverage on wireless LAN, wireless PAN, and fixed wireless will also be given. Wireless multipath channel characteristics and its effect on the system will be reviewed. Design of wireless systems to counteract the channel and radio impairments will be discussed. Trending topics in wireless communications will be introduced.


Basic knowledge of Fourier transforms and linear system analysis, digital signal processing, communication systems, programming skill in MATLAB or equivalent will be very helpful in understanding the course better. An undergraduate level “Introduction to communication systems” and an undergraduate level probability theory is an excellent preparation for this course. Students without any communications background should be prepared that certain portions of the course may be difficult to follow.

Courses that require this as a direct prerequisite

None (for Advanced Topics in Wireless Communications Course, this course might be an excellent preparation)

Courses that can form a sequence with this

Course Summary

Course Objectives


Midterm 40%
Final 60%
TOTAL 100%

Note: All quizzes, tests, exams, etc. MUST be taken during regularly scheduled class or exam times either on campus or with an approved proctor. Any deviation from this policy MUST be pre-approved by the instructor in writing.

Undergraduate and graduate students will be curved separately.

Books & References

There are so many books written in this area, and most of the books are good and beneficial. We will not follow a specific book all the time; technical papers and other reference books will also be used along with the text book that is chosen. When necessary, the instructor will provide you the links for some reference materials.

Text Book:

Other books:

Magazines and Journals:

Outline of the course


Wireless overview

Overview of a Basic Communication System

Wireless spectrum

Multiple Accessing, Duplexing, and Switching

Cellular Concept

  • Motivation and design objectives
  • Cellular patterns
  • Frequency re-use
  • Interference (co-channel / adjacent channel) and system capacity
  • Channel allocations and planning
  • Mobility and hand-off
  • System expansion techniques:
  • Traffic and grade of service
  • Cellular Network Architecture

    Wireless Channel

    Channel Counteractions

    Equalization (If time permits)

    CDMA Technology Overview (If time permits)

    Current Wireless Standards and Technologies (If time permits)

    Note: In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Canvas, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Canvas site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    For students taking this course as the Portfolio Course: the final grade may be affected by the evaluation of the student’s MSEE Portfolio, as described in the EE Department Portfolio Guidelines.