EEL4599 : Wireless and Mobile Networks

EEL4599 : Wireless and Mobile Networks

Last Taught: Spring 2021

More detailed course information is provided in the course Canvas site once the course begins.


Janise McNair

Course Description

Senior-level study of wireless and mobile networks. Investigates telecommunication architectures and protocols for wireless sensor networks and wireless embedded systems; Wi-Fi and wireless local area networks; mobile ad-hoc networks; next generation cellular systems and satellite networks. (3 credit hours)

Course Pre-Requisites / Co-Requisites

EEL 3701C and junior or senior standing.

Course Objectives

In this course, students will learn about the basic operation and design of a wireless system. The students will apply their knowledge of advanced mathematics, basic science and computer engineering to understand and evaluate the performance issues of modern and advanced wireless networks.

These objectives will be accomplished through:

  1. Discussion of modern and next generation technologies and standards.
  2. Designing and conducting hands-on experiments, such as, building system components, using network analysis software to test system performance, or building a simulation of a system
  3. Applying mathematics and engineering to evaluate systems with performance metrics
  4. Identifying, formulating and solving computer communication problems
  5. Developing and using techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for applying computer communications in engineering practice

Materials and Supply Fees

Lab materials: Students will do a hands-on group project that will require the purchase of an Xbee3 Module Dev Mesh Kit. The kit includes 3 Xbee devices and costs @ $100 per group, or @$33 per person.
Description: 802.15.4 XBee3 Module Dev Kit, 2.4 Ghz ZB 3.0, DIGI XK3-Z8S-WZM

Professional Component (ABET)

This course consists of 3 credits of Engineering Design;
Relation to Program Outcomes (ABET)
Engineering Criteria

  • a – an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • e – an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • k – an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

EE Program Criteria

  • EE2 – knowledge of mathematics, basic and engineering sciences necessary to analyze and design complex systems

Required Textbooks and Software

  • Title: Principles of Wireless Access and Localization*
  • Author: K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy
  • Publication date, edition, and publisher: 2013, Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN number: 978-0470697085
  • Will be available online on course reserves through the UF Library,

* There is an electronic version of the required textbook available from the UF Library, You will be able to access the e-book through Course Reserves in the course Canvas website. There is also an older version of the textbook from 2001: Principles of Wireless Networks: A Unified Approach, K. Pahlavan and P. Krishnamurthy, Prentice Hall, December 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0130930033, ISBN-10: 0130930032. The older version has the same foundational concepts, but not the updated standards information.

Recommended Materials

  • Title: Mobile Communications
  • Author: J. Schiller
  • Publication date, edition, and publisher: 2003, 2nd edition, Addison Wesley
  • ISBN number: 0-321-12381-6

Course Schedule

Week 1 Introduction and Overview/Layered Networks; Chapter 1
Week 2 Signal Propagation, Chapter 2
Week 3 Signal Propagation (continued), Chapter 3, Sect 3.1, 3.2
Week 4 Cellular System Evolution and Modulation Techniques (Chapter 3, Sect 3.4)
Week 5 Cellular System Evolution and Multiplexing Techniques (Chapter 3, Sect 3.5)
Week 6 Project 1 Presentations
Week 7 Cellular System Design and Network Planning (Chapter 5)
Week 8 Review / Exam 1
Week 9 Spring Break
Week 10 Next Generation WiFi Systems
Week 11 Wi-Fi to WPAN Physical Layer Alternatives (Chapter 3, Chapter 11)
Week 12 WiFi to WPAN Medium and Multiple Access Protocols (Chapter 4, Chapter 11)
Week 13 IEEE 802.11 Standards
Week 14 Review / Exam 2
Week 15 WiFi to WPAN Ad Hoc Networks (Chapter 13)
Week 16 Project 2 Presentations and Demonstrations

Attendance Policy, Class Expectations, and Make-Up Policy

  • Regular Participation is Expected:
    • Perfect class attendance is not required, but regular participation is expected. It will be tracked through participation in the in-class events and assignments. It is required for ALL students to attend ALL student presentations.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to independently obtain material from missed lectures. Canvas will have most of the material for the class.
    • Excused absences must be consistent with university policies in the undergraduate catalog ( and require appropriate documentation.
  • Electronic submission of homework and project assignments in Canvas is required.
  • Formats: PDF (preferred), MS Word, or Text
  • Access to a computer programming or simulation tool may be required for homework and assignments. Access will be free to students (either by UF agreement with company or by use of open source simulators.)
  • There will be no make-ups for missed homework or in-class assignments. Late homework may be accepted before solutions are posted, but a 10% penalty per day may be applied.
  • There will be no make-ups for missed exams (except for excused absences as determined by the graduate catalog or pre-approved by the instructor, accompanied by verifiable documentation.)
Individual Effort
  • All assignments are assumed to be an individual effort unless otherwise specified by the instructor.
  • Announcements and updates will be made in Lecture or via Canvas/Canvas mail.
  • Canvas mail sends announcements to your gatorlink email. You are responsible for reading all announcements posted in Canvas.
Evaluation of Grades
Grades Percentage Dates
Homework 15% Approx every 2 to 3 weeks
Projects – 2 or 3 30% See canvas for deadlines
Midterm Exam 1 25% Week 8
Midterm Exam 2 25% Week 14
In-class grade 5% Discretionary grade assigned by instructor. Includes:

Class participation and discussion, in-class problems, disruptive behavior, etc.

Information on UF grading policy may be found at:

NOTE: This grading scale does not include any curve that may be applied to the course

In order to graduate, graduate students must have an overall GPA and a major GPA of 3.0 or better (B or better). Note: A “B-” average is equivalent to a GPA of 2.67, and therefore, it does not satisfy this graduation requirement.

Students Requiring Accommodations

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations should first register with the Disability Resource Center (352-392-8565, by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students will receive an accommodation letter which must be presented to the instructor when requesting accommodation. Students with disabilities should follow this procedure as early as possible in the semester.

Course Evaluation

Students are expected to provide feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing online evaluations at Evaluations are typically open during the last two or three weeks of the semester, but students will be given specific times when they are open. Summary results of these assessments are available to students at

University Honesty Policy

UF students are bound by The Honor Pledge which states, “We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honor and integrity by abiding by the Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” The Honor Code ( specifies a number of behaviors that are in violation of this code and the possible sanctions. Furthermore, you are obligated to report any condition that facilitates academic misconduct to appropriate personnel. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult with the instructor or TAs in this class.

Software Use

All faculty, staff and student of the University are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to uphold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.