Wireless Communications


- Develop knowledge about wireless communications, namely through the characterization of the main architectures, propagation aspects, channel and interference models, and transmission techniques.

- Know and know how to characterize the impairments of the radio channel and transceivers of the systems.

- To provide students with the knowledge to develop simulations of wireless communication systems, including the modeling of the main components: transmitter, channel, and receiver.

- Know the main techniques for evaluating the performance of a wireless communication system.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

João Francisco Martinho Lêdo Guerreiro, Paulo da Costa Luís da Fonseca Pinto


Weekly - 4

Total - 60

Teaching language





- Lecture Slides and notes.

Theodore S. Rappaport, “Wireless Communications, Principles & Practice”, Prentice Hall Communications Engineering and Emerging Technologies Series, 1999.

Andreas F. Molisch, Wireless Communications, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

Teaching method

Theoretical classes for exposition of the subject.

Practical classes dedicated to modeling and simulation of the learned concepts, with discussion and critical analysis of the results.

Evaluation method

Theoretical part (T): continuous assessment (2 tests, of equal weight and with no minimum score) or exam.

Practical part (P): laboratory work with assessment throughout the semester and a final discussion

- There are no retakes.

- A minimum of 9,5 marks is required in both the theoretical and practical parts.


Final grade calculation: 70%*T+30% P

Subject matter

- Introduction to Wireless Communications.

- Cellular Networks: introduction, challenges, and optimization.

- Propagation aspects of wireless communications: analysis of channel and interference models.

- Transmission techniques: OFDM and single-carrier.


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