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General Course Information for WCM606: CDMA Wireless Systems

Course: WCM606 - CDMA Wireless Systems
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Course Prerequisite(s):
Course Description: Analysis of CDMA (code division multiple access) concepts, models and techniques. An overview of second- and third-generation (3G) air interfaces. Direct-sequence spread spectrum (DSSS); physical and logical channels; CDMA IS-95 call processing, diversity, combining and antennas; access and paging channel capacity; planning of a CDMA system.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Illustrate the basics of spread spectrum technology.
  • Select effective code acquisition and tracking techniques based on given requirements.
  • Justify and design CDMA overlays.
  • Apply sound CDMA system design philosophies to design CDMA receivers and systems.
  • Illustrate on emerging third-generation CDMA-based mobile radio systems.
  • Contrast the existing CDMA standards.
  • Defend why CDMA has taken the mobile wireless world by storm and has become a major Second Generation (2G) technology and the dominant technology choice for Third Generation (3G) systems.
  • Identify about pseudo-random codes, their role in CDMA systems, and how they offer enhanced privacy, security, call quality, and coverage in comparison to other cellular technologies.
  • Understand how CDMA offers increased capacity and improved performance.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Conduct research into a specific wireless communication topic, including finding and integrating relevant research results of others.
    • Demonstrate critical thinking and ability to analyze and synthesize wireless communications concepts, project management principles, and ethical standards.
    • Evaluate and forecast economic impact of continually advancing technologies on wireless service, equipment, application providers, and consumers.
    • Evaluate and select the appropriate kinds of coding and decoding schemes for constructing, detecting and filtering wireless communications signals.
    • Evaluate wireless networking, protocols, architectures, and standards to the development and design of wireless communication systems.

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