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General Course Information for WCM612: Wireless Economics Topics

Course: WCM612 - Wireless Economics Topics
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Course Description: This course will teach students how to evaluate the impact of continually advancing wireless technologies on the varied perspectives of competitors and consumers. Students will study these impacts from the perspectives of wireless service providers, wireless equipment providers, wireless application providers, and consumers. Different business models employed by the various industry segments will be studied to gain insight into the interplay between business models and advances in technology. Finally, the course will study the impact of global competitive pressures and both national and international regulatory bodies on technology choices.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate business plans of major competitors in the wireless business, based on their publicly available information
  • Identify and rank competing driving forces in the wireless service provider business, and estimate the impact of these driving forces on alternative business models
  • Identify, evaluate and rank competing driving forces in the wireless equipment provider business (infrastructure and handsets)
  • Analyze the impact of regional politics on wireless standardization bodies (for example, Europe versus North America, Asia versus Europe, etc.)
  • Analyze trends in wireless applications from the perspective of North American, European and Asian consumers, and estimate the impact of these trends on wireless hardware and software platforms
  • Develop and analyze alternative business models for wireless application providers
  • Analyze the impact of current and future spectrum availability on the business of wireless
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • 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.

Students with Disabilities:
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Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

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